Road Safety Awareness Campaign on ‘’A Helmet, Save a Life” from 27th to 29th, May 2014 have been done.
Around 1800students of three schools in Kampot province such as 1). Preach Samphea High School, 2). Kampot Krong Secondary School and 3). Chum Kriel Secondary School have been gained knowledge of the advantages of wear helmet properly, disadvantages of not wear helmet and how to wearing a helmet properly while driving through the leaflet, question and answer program and practicing how to wear a helmet properly in road safety awareness campaign on “A Helmet, Save a Life’’. The campaign was conducted by the volunteer youth group of Youth Association for Human Resource Development (YAHRD) under financial and materials supported from the Kampot Community Group (KCG), Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), Coalition for Road Safety (CRY), the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) and Handicap International (HI). The main purpose of the awareness campaign is to raise awareness on the importances of helmet use and how to wear a helmet properly among secondary and high school students and encourage motorbike rider and passenger to wear a helmet properly while driving on the road and seek support of quick passage new road traffic law in order to involve to reduce fatalities and injury rate caused by road traffic accidents in Cambodia.
The reason that we organize road safety awareness campaigns, because we observed that, the wearing helmet rate of students among motorbike rider and passenger is very low in Kampot province. Most of them are used motorbike as transportation to the school and they are a vulnerable group of road traffic accident. Therefore, currently road traffic accident is a critical issue in Cambodia. Also 4,250 crashes and 15,615 road crash casualties were reported in 2012. Among them, 1,966 were fatalities (average over 5 fatalities and 15 people’s have serious injuries. Motorbike riders involved the highest percentage (68%) of all casualties, 50% of fatalities affected people aged between 15 and 29 years old they are primary school students, high school students and university students. 66% of the fatalities of motorbike drivers and passengers suffered from head injury in the crashes. (Road Crash and Victim Information System report 2012).
Moreover, the campaigns have sought the support of quick passage new road traffic law from the students by a sign on the banner. Around 400 students have been signed to show their need of the quick passage new road traffic law. If the new road traffic law passed as soon as, it could save lives and economic cost a lot caused by road traffic accidents. Based on the research of Asia Injury Prevention Foundation (AIPF) on the passengers helmet mandate founded that, if the law passed and enforced in 2014, AIP Foundation expects that, passenger helmet use rates to increase from 5% to 55% in 2015 and to 60% in 2016. Driver helmet use rates to increase from 55% in 2013 to 60% in 2015 and 70% in 2016 and 306 fatalities avoided, 5464 head injuries prevented, and $50,791,333 saved by the end of 2016.
Please remember that, the helmet is very important for motor users. Wear a helmet properly could reduce serious head injuries 72%, reduce the opportunity of die 39% when we had a road traffic accident. So, protect your life, must wear helmet properly among motorbike rider, passenger including children when travel short or long distance.
Click on this link to download: Report of Road Safety Awareness Campaing in Kampot, Cambodia