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Need for research emphasised at traffic safety conference

Update: December, 29/2014 - 09:32
Traffic accidents kill 1.3 million people annually and injure about 50 million others. In Viet Nam, the death toll has declined for three consecutive years to below 9,000 people in 2014. — File Photo

Ha Noi (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who is also head of the National Traffic Safety Committee, asked scientists to help build a "smart system" to improve traffic safety at a conference on Saturday in Ha Noi.

Phuc also suggested scientists co-ordinate closely with the National Traffic Safety Committee and contribute constructive ideas, while ministries, sectors and localities were asked to take the scientists' opinions into consideration.

Traffic accidents kill 1.3 million people annually and injure about 50 million others, in addition to causing economic losses worth around 3 per cent of the world's GDP, according to the World Health Organisation.

In Viet Nam, the death toll has declined for three consecutive years to below 9,000 people in 2014.

However, the Deputy PM noted that the country still struggled with the worrying number of serious traffic accidents, in addition to inability to control overloaded vehicles and poor transport infrastructure. He called on ministries, sectors and localities to make further efforts to curb traffic accidents. — VNS

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