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Median strips pose danger to drivers in capital city

Update: November, 06/2014 - 10:24
Concrete median strips on some roads in Ha Noi not only fail to divide opposing lanes of traffic, but they have become a hazard, causing accidents and traffic jams.  — Photo phapluatxahoi

HA NOI (VNS) — Concrete median strips on some roads in Ha Noi not only fail to divide opposing lanes of traffic, but they have become a hazard, causing accidents and traffic jams.

Tran Duc, who lives in Giai Phong Street in Dong Da District, said the 10 metre long median strips were far apart, leaving many gaps.

Many accidents happened because vehicles hit against the crooked median strip. Traffic jams occurred, especially at peak hours, because the strip did not divide the lane well.

Nguyen Quang Thang, driver of a private transport company, said that he believed the median strips should run without interruption, except at crossroads.

Nguyen Duc Long, a traffic policeman, said Giai Phong Street was a gateway in and out Ha Noi and the flow of vehicles was often heavy. He said violations were so common that traffic police could not control the situation.

However, deputy director of the Ha Noi Department of Transport, Nguyen Xuan Tan, said that most of the accidents were caused by careless driving. — VNS

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