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Road safety project introduced

Update: October, 23/2013 - 08:58

Police work at the scene of an accident in the southern central province of Ninh Thuan. A project is being planned to reduce traffic accidents on 21 national roads in the southern region. — VNA/VNS Photo Cong Thu

HCM CITY (VNS) — Opinions are being collected on a proposed national road traffic-safety improvement project in the southern region that would be funded by loans from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The Transport Ministry's Traffic Safety Project Management Unit has proposed the project.

Le Thang, the unit's deputy general director, said that a feasibility study would be based on the opinions of local leaders and agencies.

The project aims to reduce the number of traffic accidents on 21 national roads that traverse 19 cities and provinces in the southern region, Thang said at a conference held yesterday in HCM City.

The project would include the upgrading and building of fly-over bridges, installation of traffic equipment and bus stops, and the widening of lanes for bicycles and motorcycles.

Traffic safety education, emergency services and stricter law enforcement are also components of the project. Raising safety awareness of drivers and residents who live along national highways will be included.

The proposal would use lessons learned from the Northern Viet Nam National Road Traffic Safety Improvement project funded by Japanese ODA loans, which began in 2009. They are set to be completed next year. — VNS

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