Nongprue joins Honda, Lions to donate 1,000 free helmets to students

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Nongprue Sub-district handed out 1,000 free motorbike helmets to boost safety for young students.

Mayor Mai Chaiyanit chaired the Nov. 19 donation ceremony at Sawang Boriboon Wittayakom School along with Nongprue police chief Pol. Col. Pramote Ngampradit and representatives from Mityon AP Honda and the Lions Club of Pattaya.

School Vice Principal Wichearn Pontawornpinno welcomed the donation of 1,000 helmets worth 150,000 baht, which are to be given to students of Sawang Boriboon Wittayakom School.

Pol. Col. Pramote Ngampradit, Nongprue police chief, gives a helmet to a young, happy student.Pol. Col. Pramote Ngampradit, Nongprue police chief, gives a helmet to a young, happy student.

Although 1,000 helmets weren’t enough for every student, the organizers will conduct a survey of how many more are needed and ask donors for more cash.

Wichearn said approximately 70% of students come to school on a motorbike.

Mai said that the majority of residents in general are using motorbikes. and even very young children are riding along with their relatives, but are rarely seen wearing helmets.

This is why the safety campaign was begun, to raise the awareness of potential dangers and accidents. Motorbike accidents have become common in Pattaya and the majority involve students who aren’t wearing helmets.