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Time for photo shoot on new bridge

Update: January, 06/2015 - 10:13

People flocked to Ha Noi's long-awaited Nhat Tan Bridge on Sunday, its opening day, to take photos of it.

The bridge, which cost about US$639.2 million and reduces travel time from Ha Noi and Noi Bai International Airport, is officially closed to pedestrians. But that didn't stop people from standing in the middle of the road to snap photos and pose for selfies.

Thousands of people, even those from communes in Dong Anh District and the neighbouring province of Phu Tho, travelled to see the beginning of a new era of infrastructure development in the capital.

Street vendors and balloon sellers participated in the festivities, walking out onto the highway seeking customers. Some parents even allowed their children to climb on the banister of the bridge to play.

Luckily, the occasion didn't turn into a regretful event.

With social media becoming an important part of life, all occasions have become about snapping a good shot. Even if that means standing in the middle of the highway.

Traffic banner mishap

We all know it's wrong to speed through a red light. But publicly announcing that all people who ignore red lights lack education is nonsense.

Over the past several days, Quy Nhon residents have been complaining about banners hung around the city with writing on them that technically translates as: "Crossing the red lights is an act of the uneducated."

A resident in Quy Nhon told a news website that it actually encourages those who consider themselves uneducated to go through red lights. At the same time, it insults people who have not had a chance go to school and still obey traffic rules.

Speaking to local media, Tran Chau, director of Binh Dinh Province's Department of Transport, said relevant agencies had been instructed to take down the inappropriate banners.

The provincial Committee on Traffic Safety was given VND60 million (US$2,790) to place banners around the city to raise awareness about following traffic regulations, he said.

However, people were already furious at this one, which caused uproar both online and offline. Some said that the person who came up with this might be educated, but has no manners. — VNS

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