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Authorities call for measures to prevent highway fatalities

Update: October, 24/2014 - 08:30
Workers upgrade National Highway 1A in Thanh Hoa's Tinh Gia District. Local authorities must reduce traffic accidents along the highway, particularly on road sections that are being upgraded. – VNA/VNS Photo The Duyet

HA NOI (VNS) — The National Steering Committee for Traffic Safety has ordered localities to take measures to reduce traffic accidents along National Highway 1A, particularly road sections that are being upgraded.

The move was made in response to the increase in the number of traffic accidents on the highway.

The committee reported that 881 traffic accidents had been reported during the first eight months of this year, killing 672 people and injuring 599 others.

In the latest case, three people died when a motorbike collided with a truck last Sunday on the National Highway 1A section running through the central province of Nghe An.

In the central province of Quang Nam where a section of the national highway is being upgraded, traffic accidents leapt by 30 per cent in the first eight months of this year in comparison with the same period last year, according to local authorities.

The main reasons for the accidents include shortcoming in ensuring traffic safety along construction sties and lack of inspection and punishment for violators, according to the committee.

The committee urged the transport ministry to instruct investors of road upgrading projects to speed up work, abide by regulations ensuring traffic safety, particularly in installing signal boards and traffic lights and assigning people to divert traffic around construction work.

Barriers were also needed to separate the road into lanes to prevent vehicles colliding head-on.

The committee also said investors who violated safety regulations should be punished.

The North-South National Highway 1A crosses 31 provinces and cities from the northern border province of Lang Son to the southernmost province of Ca Mau. — VNS

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