January, 02 2014 10:26:00

Traffic accidents fall but continue to claim lives

Nearly 29,400 traffic accidents occurred in 2013, killing 9,369 people and injuring 29,500 others throughout the country.— Photo sggp

HA NOI (VNS)— Nearly 29,400 traffic accidents occurred in 2013, killing 9,369 people and injuring 29,500 others throughout the country.

According to a report from the National Traffic Safety Committee, delivered at an online conference on Tuesday in Ha Noi, last year saw fewer cases of accidents, deaths and injuries than in 2012.

Twenty-one provinces and cities had declining numbers in accidents, deaths and injuries, including Tay Ninh, Dong Nai and Quang Nam.

However, there were still 19 provinces and cities where the number of fatalities increased, including the four provinces of Gia Lai, Tra Vinh, Can Tho, while Lai Chau had increasing numbers of accidents, deaths and injuries.

Meanwhile, traffic jams in Ha Noi and HCM City were reduced, with hotspots plummeting from 124 to 57 in Ha Noi and no traffic jam lasting longer than 30 minutes in HCM City.

Noting that 2013 was the second year in which the number of deaths caused by traffic accidents were fewer than 10,000, Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that it was a respectable success among involved sectors, especially noting the efforts of the ministries of transport and public security in controlling traffic.

Phuc also urged provinces, cities, and State agencies to spare no efforts to ensure traffic safety during the upcoming Tet Festival (Lunar New Year).

He also called upon the Ministry of Transport to inspect vehicle loads, check all transport services to assure they obey safety regulations, and take advantage of monitoring and data centres to minimise traffic accidents. — VNS

Danny Clevely - basal@slingshot.co.nz   Danny Clevely
January, 11 2014 04:12:43
I think Vietnam is just waking up to the fact that Vietnamese traffic is getting to chaotic and that not only do rules and regulations need to apply but they also need to be enforced. Traffic seems to flow in whichever way it deems easiest and people seem to rely on the warning horn to let others know of their presence. There is also the prevalence where Might is Right and the bigger you are the more rights you have.
Robert Fries - scott17110@yahoo.com   Robert Fries
January, 03 2014 04:52:56
Throughout the history of Vietnam, invaders from powerful nations with superior weapons have been repelled by the indomitable spirit and cleverness of Vietnamese. Traffic problems seem like a lesser problem to attack than, say, B-52's. Government alone cannot solve the problem. Everyone must get involved and take personal responsibility for safe driving. It is encouraging that the National Traffic Safety Committee pointed out that there was a reduction in traffic injuries and deaths in 2013 compared to 2014. I hesitate to use the term "accidents" since that connotes that no one is fault. Perhaps "collisions" would be apt until or unless it is determined that no one was at fault. For example, if I go through a red light because I am in a hurry and collide with another, it is my fault and no accident.
Jasper Overgaard Waale - jasper.o.waale@gmail.com   Jasper Overgaard Waale
January, 02 2014 16:49:34
Layout of roads that force drivers to cross motorbike lanes, must accounts for most and then the motos drive in the wrong side or cross a red light. have no lights. Lack of respect for rules, perhaps because polices are seen more as a enemy then somebody who help and support you, this just confirmed when you get stopped and asked to pay a fine justified in some things that likely is not valid and don't related to safety, .... and its getting worse now TET is coming
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