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Stricter measures required to stop highway accidents

Update: July, 19/2014 - 11:06

HA NOI ( VNS)— The National Traffic Safety Committee has instructed relevant ministries and agencies to strengthen measures to prevent traffic accidents, particularly along national highways.

The move was made following a series of recent serious traffic accidents.

The latest case occurred on Thursday when a 16-seater coach and a lorry collided on the Ho Chi Minh-Trung Luong Highway section in the southern province of Long An, killing four people and injuring eight.

The accidents were mainly caused by traffic violations such as speeding, driving in the wrong lane or changing lane without signalling, according to the committee.

Data from the black box revealed the driver of the coach in the Long An accident was going at speeds of 111km per hour, said chief of the secretariat of the committee, Nguyen Trong Thai.

He added that this was not the first time a serious accident had occured along the Ho Chi Minh-Trung Luong Highway.

On the day the accident happened, traffic police caught 13 traffic violations along the highway, including eight cases of speeding.

The committee's Standing Vice Chairman Dinh La Thang said the Ministry of Public Security should guide traffic police to increase supervision and patrols to prevent and detect traffic violators and strictly punish them.

He urged relevant agencies and authorities to tighten management over transport businesses and ensure drivers follow traffic regulations.

He asked the Highway Management Department under the Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam to provide enough black boxes for transport departments to install on trucks to monitor their journeys.

He also asked for national highways to be upgraded and regular safety-checks on vehicles.—VNS


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