|Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and participants release floating candle-flowers at a requiem to commemorate traffic victims at Bai Dinh pagoda in the northern province of Ninh Binh on Saturday. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan
NINH BINH (VNS) — A ceremony for traffic accident victims was held at Bai Dinh pagoda in the northern province of Ninh Binh on Saturday.
The ceremony was part of a range of events hosted for World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Traffic Accidents, which falls on the third Sunday of November.
At the ceremony, tens of thousands of Buddhist monks, nuns, followers and relatives of victims gathered to pray for the victims.
Addressing the event, Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang urged people to comply with traffic regulations, drive safely and share the grief suffered by victims' families.
An average of nearly 30 people die each day and hundreds of others are injured on Viet Nam's roads; taking away lives and burdening the State budget, he said.
In Viet Nam, traffic deaths in the first ten months of 2013 were nearly 8,000, according to statistics released by the National Committee for Traffic Safety. — VNS