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For their impressive collaborative work to improve road safety for youth and for the community, national and local governments in Vietnam will be awarded two highly prestigious international road safety awards for their work in Pleiku City, which now serves as a model for safe school zones nationwide.
The Slow Zones, Safe Zones program began with two pilot schools and expanded throughout Pleiku City. The program eventually reached all 31 primary schools in the city, of which 23 schools reached the maximum 5-star safety rating, as assessed by the Star Rating for Schools tool. Through partnerships at the local, provincial, and national levels, the program’s reach is extending to the entire country.
For the impressive work and joint efforts made on the national and local governments levels, a ceremony was held on September 21, in Hanoi for them to receive not one, but two highly prestigious international awards:
- Prince Michael International Road Traffic Safety Award 2020 to the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) and the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET). This award is the recognition of the organizations’ great contribution to the improvement of road safety around the world. Though initially awarded in November 2020, due to the pandemic, the annual ceremony did not take place.
- International Vision Zero for Youth Leadership Award 2022 to the Gia Lai Province People’s Committee and Pleiku City People’s Committee. This award recognizes noteworthy road safety practices that can inspire other cities to take bold steps to reach zero traffic deaths among children and youth in their communities. Nancy Pullen-Seufert, Director, National Center for Safe Routes to School, UNC Highway Safety Research Center shared “By recognizing the outstanding achievements of this city and province, we hope to inspire other places to take bold steps to reach zero traffic deaths among children and youth in their communities too.”