FEATURE-Helmets now mandatory in motorbike-crazy Vietnam

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By Grant McCool HANOI, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Vietnamese motorcyclists appear to be complying with a new rule that gives them no choice but to wear a crash helmet, the latest drive to reduce the unacceptably high road traffic toll. The millions of small, noisy motorbikes vrooming around city streets, often defying traffic laws, are symbols of the energy in the fast-emerging Southeast Asian market economy, but with severe costs in lives. According to government estimates, up to 13,000 ...

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