HCM CITY (VNS)— HCM City has seen a decrease in traffic accidents and traffic jams in the first five months of the year.
Many steps, including the upgrading of roads, building new flyovers and stricter checks on traffic violations have helped the HCM City Traffic Safety Committee and relevant agencies achieve this result.
A committee report says there were 1,160 traffic accidents in city in the first three months that left 180 dead and more than 1,000 injured. The number of accidents decreased by almost 25 per cent compared to the same period last year.
However, there was a 24 per cent increase in the number of deaths, and measures are being taken to deal with it, it said.
From April 16 to May 15, there were 412 traffic accidents, a decrease of 190 compared to the same period last year. Sixty-one people died and 343 were injured in the accidents, showing a reduction against the same period of last year.
Of the 412 traffic accidents, one involved trains. No waterway traffic accident was recorded during this period, nor were there any significant traffic jams on the roads.
A new flyover at the Lang Cha Ca Crossroads in Tan Binh District, a traffic jam hotspot, was put into use on April 27. Work has begun on three other flyovers in districts 10, 11 and Tan Binh.
Since the beginning of the year, the city's Department of Transport has expanded the width and increased lanes on some roads including Ly Thuong Kiet in districts3, 5, 11 and Phu Nhuan.
It has strengthened inspection of road resurfacing works by project contractors on Hau Giang-Thap Muoi and Tan Hoa Dong roads in District 6.
Median strips have been installed on Truong Dai and An Loc bridges in Go Vap District and at the Bon Xa roundabout in Tan Binh and Tan Phu districts, as well as several key roads in District 6 and Binh Tan District.
Regular repairs have been carried out to traffic signs and traffic lights.
The second phase of dredging the Soai Rap River has been carried out this month in order to increase its transporting capacity. Another project on dredging the small irrigation canals of Dia and Doi as well as the Phu Xuan River is set to be completed on June 15.
The city police and their district counterparts have strengthened controls on and punishment of traffic safety violations including illegal racing.
From April 16 to May 15, 52,999 people were fined a total of VND34.7 billion ($1.7 million) for various traffic violations.
Fines were also handed out in 6,462 cases of river traffic safety. —VNS