|A lorry crashed into a train last month in the northern province of Phu Tho killing the lorry driver and damaging the lorry and the locomotive. Police say that vehicles driving on the wrong lane is the leading cause of traffic accidents in Viet Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo Trung Kien
HA NOI (VNS) — Vehicles driving on the wrong lane is the leading cause of traffic accidents in the country at 28.6 per cent, according to the Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security.
In a report submitted at a traffic safety review conference held in Ha Noi yesterday, it said speeding was another major cause, accounting for 9.4 per cent.
The conference heard that the number of accidents as well as resultant injuries and fatalities have decreased slightly in the first six months of the year.
The report, compiled by conference organiser National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC), said that the number of traffic accidents was down 12.85 per cent, from 12,827 to 11,179.
The number of fatalities decreased 4.5 per cent, from 4,689 to 4,478, and injuries decreased 17.24 per cent, from 12,263 to 10,149.
It said police detected more than two million traffic safety violations on the road. Over 21,000 cars and 238,000 motorbikes were impounded and more than 171,000 driving licenses revoked.
Waterway traffic police detected nearly 95,000 violations during the same period.
The committee said that in the coming months, it will continue to implement several traffic safety measures including a crackdown on overloaded vehicles including buses, increased IT applications in several areas and encouraging parents to have their children wear helmets.
Chairing the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked authorities in the central provinces of Dak Lak, Kom Tum and Dak Nong to take immediate measures to stop young teenagers from throwing stones at buses travelling on national routes.
Deputy Chairman of the Kom Tum's People Committee, Nguyen Duc Tuy, said local authorities have already taken steps to educate teenagers about the consequences of actions, including vandalism, that can hurt people.
The police have detained some teenagers for further investigation in more serious cases, he said.
Nguyen Bon, Deputy Chairman of the Dak Nong's People Committee, said provincial police arrested 19 individuals who were involved in stone throwing incidents last year. After last Tuesday's incident that almost cost a bus driver his right eye, three more were arrested by the police.
Court sessions dealing with this violation have been held in public for deterrence as well as educational purposes, he said.
In another incident on Wednesday, three teenagers aged 14-16 were arrested after they threw stones at a bus on the Ho Chi Minh Highway and injured a five-year old baby.
Just last month, a court in Dak Lak Province sentenced a 17-year-old boy to four years in prison for throwing stones at moving buses on national highway, causing a passenger to lose his left eye last September. — VNS