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Nation mourns traffic victims with televised ceremony

Update: November, 20/2012 - 10:10
Two people were killed and three other seriously injured yesterday early morning in a car accident on a section of the National Highway 1A in central Nghe An Province's Dien Chau District. A truck crashed into a passenger car running in the opposite direction. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Canh Yen
HA NOI (VNS)– A national remembrance event for traffic accident victims was held and broadcast live nationwide yesterday in Ha Noi, organised by the National Committee for Traffic Safety.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed that everyone knew the devastating effects of traffic accidents and every single Vietnamese citizen had to realise the consequences they had on the lives of every family and the country's development.

He called on all Government agencies, localities and organisations to strive towards making Viet Nam's roads better and safer.

"We need to voluntarily follow traffic regulations so there are less cases of children losing fathers and mothers and families losing loved ones, and we call on everyone to pray for the victims and their families."

On average, 30 people die each day in the country, and Viet Nam has the 11th highest fatality rate globally from traffic accidents.

At the meeting, documentaries featuring thoughts of well-known figures and also other art events were featured, aiming to raise awareness among the public, and calling on them to create safer streets.

According to official government statistics, traffic accidents killed nearly 11,400 people in 2011 and injured more than 48,730.

In the first nine months of this year, the number of deaths reached 6,923 and nearly 25,000 people were injured.

Vuong Thi Nhan, (an alias), 45, looked tired yesterday while she sat in the waiting room of the Ha Noi-based Viet Nam – Germany Hospital to visit her 17-year-old boy, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a traffic accident a week ago.

Nhan said that her son had been driving his motorbike carrying two of his classmates without helmets and crashed into a woman crossing a road. All four people were injured.

"My son was the most seriously injured," she said, adding that it might be a long time before he returns to his studies.

Nhan earns a living selling clothes at a market in the capital's Chuong My District about 30 km from the city centre, and her husband is a builder. They had to borrow money from relatives to pay for her son's treatment.

"We're really worried about our son's health and how we will find the money to pay for his treatment," she said.

The initial cost of treating his injury was about VND5-7 million (US$239-335), but that would rise to hundreds of millions of dong after wards, she said.

Like Nhan, hundreds of other people were also waiting in the hospital lobby. Some stood, others sat, but all of them looked tired and anxious.

At the hospital yesterday afternoon, 15 patients were rushed to the emergency department in just 30 minutes.

The hospital seemed to be plunged into chaos by traffic-accident victims, their relatives and medical staff. Ironically, the National Traffic Safety Committee selected yesterday – November 19 – as national day to commemorate the victims of traffic accident.

Besides remembering those who lost their lives in traffic accidents,many localities across the country also gave presents and financial support to their families. — VNS

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