|Pedestrians pass Xuan Thuy Street in the capital's Cau Giay District. The country will launch a campaign to raise public awareness of traffic laws and ensure the safety of walkers. — VNA/VNS Photo The Duyet
HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam will work to raise public awareness of traffic laws and ensure the safety of pedestrians as part of a national initiative.
These goals form part of the activities behind the National Road Safety Week, launched by the National Traffic Safety Committee and the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday in response to the UN's Global Road Safety Week dedicated to pedestrians.
Other activities shaping the campaign, which takes place in all 63 provinces, include encouraging road users to give way to pedestrians and guiding people to cross the road properly, said the Committee's Vice Chairman Nguyen Hoang Hiep.
The initiative will also focus on freeing pavements for walkers, reminding pedestrians to keep to designated paths and allocating fines to people who violate the regulations. As many as 9,000 road accident-caused deaths are recorded in Viet Nam each year, according to the WHO in Viet Nam, with an average of 30 people dying every day. The number of accidents involving pedestrians in Viet Nam account for three per cent of the country's total road accidents.—VNS