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Vietnamese pupils spend a day as police officers

Sunday, December 23, 2018, 14:56 GMT+7
Vietnamese pupils spend a day as police officers
Police help schoolchildren ask motorcyclists to stop at the crosswalk in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, December 22, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A number of pupils in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday were given a chance to do traffic police jobs on the street in a program intended to raise their awareness of traffic regulations.

Over 50 children from schools across District 1 spent one day learning in a class how to don crash helmets properly, blow whistles, direct traffic, signal to motorcyclists to pull in and book violators.

Police officers teach schoolchildren how to understand the meaning of road signs in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, December 22, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Police officers teach schoolchildren how to understand the meaning of road signs in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, December 22, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A policeman shows a student how to book a violator in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, December 22, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A policeman shows a student how to book a violator in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, December 22, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

They then got the hands-on experience of performing the tasks under the guidance of police officers at an intersection in the city, notorious for its frequent vehicle overcrowding and many road-law-defying citizens.

They were also showed how to ask motorcyclists to lawfully stop at the crosswalk – a regulation that is flouted by multiple riders.

Some of the students said the program helped them know more about traffic rules and hoped police step up their road patrols to preempt crashes.

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Thai Xuan / Tuoi Tre News

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