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Global activities remind drivers of traffic accident consequences

Update: November, 06/2014 - 10:11
The events are among a series of activities to mark the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, which falls on November 16. — Photo nguoiduatin

HA NOI (VNS) — A service for those killed in traffic accidents will be held on Sunday in HCM City's Vinh Nghiem Pagoda. A week later, a similar ceremony will be held in Ha Noi.

The events are among a series of activities to mark the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, which falls on November 16.

Khuat Viet Hung, vice-chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, told a press briefing in Ha Noi yesterday that his committee and localities had been organising remembrance activities nationwide since October 20. These would last until November 16.

"The remembrance aims to warn the whole society about the severe consequences of traffic accidents and the reasons they happen," Hung said.

"It will also raise public awareness of traffic regulations and heighten the responsibilities of authorities in ensuring traffic safety," he said.

The activities include ceremonies at schools from November 10-15 and visits to victims' families from November 3-8.

Hung said that a charity network would be set up between donors and traffic accidents' victims and their families.

The National Traffic Safety Committee has appointed five teams to visit more than 50 families of accident victims.

Traffic accidents are a serious issue in Viet Nam. Last year, more than 29,000 were killed 9,300 injured.

In the first 10 months of this year, there have been more than 20,800 accidents, killing more than 7,400 and injuring another 20,000.

Viet Nam has observed the remembrance day since 2012. — VNS

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