In some places, getting to school is not just about the classroom and the ABCs - it’s about getting safely from point A to point B. In Thailand, which ranks third in the world for traffic fatalities, only an estimated 7 percent of children wear a helmet when on a motorcycle. In Vietnam, despite a mandatory helmet law for adults and children over six, only 1 in 3 children in major cities wear helmets.
Both AIG Thailand and AIG Vietnam, building on their already strong commitment to Road Safety, have recently partnered with government agencies and local authorities to get more helmets into the hands and onto the heads of more young school children.
AIG Vietnam is the first American company to sponsor helmets for children under the new partnership between the U.S. Department of State and Asia Injury Prevent Foundation (AIPF). Under the partnership, AIPF will work with AIG and other U.S. corporate sponsors to organize events and helmet donations while continuing to support the existing Helmets for Kids program. The partnership aims to provide road safety education and helmets to 25,000 at-risk students throughout Vietnam.
AIG Thailand, the Don’t Drive Drunk Foundation’s Head Awareness Club, and the Governor of Chonburi Province distributed 2,500 helmets at the recent “Head Awareness Governor” event held by the Provincial Governor of Chonburi, Mr. Komsan Ekachai. More than 2,500 helmets were distributed to students in the province in an effort to raise awareness of the fact that helmets save lives. With more than 2 million Thai children traveling to school by motorcycle without helmets on, there is still much work to be done and AIG is leading the way.