Mandatory helmet legislation and the print media in Viet Nam

Hill, PS, Ngo, AD, Khuong, TA, Dao, HL, Hoang, HM, Trinh, HT, Nguyen, LTN and Nguyen, PH (2009) Mandatory helmet legislation and the print media in Viet Nam. ACCIDENT ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION, 41 4: 789-797. doi:10.1016/j.aap.2009.04.001

Author Hill, PS
Ngo, AD
Khuong, TA
Dao, HL
Hoang, HM
Trinh, HT
Nguyen, LTN
Nguyen, PH
Title Mandatory helmet legislation and the print media in Viet Nam
Journal name ACCIDENT ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-4575
ISBN 0001-4575
Publication date 2009-07-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.aap.2009.04.001
Open Access Status
Volume 41
Issue 4
Start page 789
End page 797
Total pages 9
Editor K. Kim
R. Elvik
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Language eng
Subject C1
920401 Behaviour and Health
920407 Health Protection and/or Disaster Response
111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
111708 Health and Community Services
Abstract With motorcycle ownership high and rising in Viet Nam, and motorcycle riders vulnerable to both fatal and non-fatal injury, the re-introduction of mandatory helmet legislation in 2007 has been a priority for the Vietnamese government. The paper uses a qualitative analysis of web-based versions of the eight most popular newspapers in Viet Nam to track reporting over four phases of the implementation of the legislation, identifying codes and constructing the dominant themes of the media coverage. The study documents the justification and promotion of the legislation, and the mechanisms for preparing for its implementation at a national and local level, developing solutions and encouraging the replication of successful strategies. It records opposition and obstacles to helmet use, and concerns raised around the quality of helmets purchased. In return, the press notes the response of the market in innovative solutions to these problems. With the successful implementation of the legislation, the functions of the print media in promulgating and promoting the legislation, together with the reporting of ongoing resistance to the process, serve to enable a dialogue between the State and population around expressed concerns. In highlighting quality control of helmets as a key issue, the media have identified a potential ongoing role in monitoring the state's initiative in reducing the road toll from traumatic brain injury in motorcyclists. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Ergonomics
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Social Sciences - Other Topics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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