March 6, 2015
In support of International Women’s Day, the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation organized a “Mothers and Helmet Use” forum at Anuk Wat Primary School on March 5. The forum is a vital part of “Helmets for Families” project implementation, sponsored by Manulife (Cambodia) Plc. Mothers received information on the impacts of road crashes on society and their families, the relationship between injury prevention and helmet use, and their role in encouraging helmet use among family members.
Mrs. Keo Chhorvy, Senior Official of the National Road Safety Committee explained, “motorcyclists account for the majority—68%—of road crash fatalities. Among the survivors, 66% experienced serious head injuries. Only 28% of motorcycle drivers and 7% of passengers used helmets at the time of collision. These are alarmingly low figures, which is why we are sharing vital information with mothers and families of students today.”
In addition, mothers received information about the new Road Traffic Law which now mandates motorcycle passengers, including children 3 years of age and older, to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle.
“We have the opportunity on International Women’s Day to emphasize the new passenger helmet law with mothers and share that non-helmeted passengers will no longer be tolerated. Avoid a fine and avoid tragedy—mothers, put a helmet on your child,” said H.E Ty Long Deputy of director of department of order from Commissariat of National Police.
Read the full press release here.