HA NOI — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday urged provinces and cities nationwide to take more drastic measures to ensure traffic safety.
|A traffic policeman cautions a coach driver for driving in the wrong lane. Leaders of localities propose that higher fines should be used to deter traffic violators. – VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan
Phuc, also chairman of the National Committee of Traffic Safety, made this statement at an online meeting on traffic issues.
The committee's statistics show that in the first two weeks of this month, more than 740 people were killed in 750 road and 40 rail accidents nationwide.
In the first two months of 2012, nearly 2,000 traffic accidents occurred, killing more than 1,600 people and injured 1,480 others, though the number was 48 per cent lower than the same period last year.
While 34 provinces and cities such as Ha Noi, Lai Chau, Yen Bai and An Giang reported low numbers of traffic accidents, some localities showed significant increases, including Kon Tum, Quang Ngai, Long An and Hau Giang.
Phuc said many measures needed improvements in order to decrease the number of yearly traffic accidents by 5-10 per cent, a goal set by the National Assembly.
Leaders of localities proposed that higher fines should be handed out and hot spots, where many traffic accidents happened, should be strictly monitored.
Deputy Minister of Public Security Pham Quy Ngo suggested incinerating vehicles engaged in illegal races, recruiting more traffic policemen and allowing police forces to grant driving licenses.
Deputy Prime Minister Phuc also agreed with the localities' initiatives to raise fines for traffic violators on their second offence.
The Ministry of Transport intends to publish regulations on detecting and patrolling hot spots and on limiting motorcycles in urban areas.
The Ministry of Public Security in co-ordination with the Ministry of Finance would work out the details of vehicle seizure and fine payment.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade is responsible for investigating and preventing production of sub-standard helmets.
The Ministry of Health has been tasked with publishing regulations on measuring blood alcohol levels of drivers and co-ordinating its mechanisms with the Ministry of Transport to provide emergency aid to victims.
Phuc asked the relevant authorities to boost patrols, especially between the hours of 6pm and 1am and strictly punish traffic violators.
Localities should also consider plans to reorganise their traffic flow, he added. — VNS