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Upgraded highway an accident horror stretch

Update: August, 18/2015 - 09:04
A traffic policeman interviews a coach driver on the National Road in An Nhon District, Central Binh Dinh Province. A disregard for traffic rules by motorists is causing more accidents on an improved stretch of highway in the Central Highlands. — VNA/VNS Photo Viet Y

HA NOI (VNS) — A disregard for traffic rules by motorists is causing more accidents on an improved stretch of highway in the Central Highlands, a traffic safety official has said.

Excessive speed, failure to signal turns and driving in the wrong lane are the leading causes for a surge in traffic fatalities on a 600km section linking the Central Highlands provinces of Kon Tum and Binh Phuoc, said Nguyen Trong Thai, chief of the National Traffic Safety Committee.

The highway was recently widened to 12 m and upgraded to allow speeds of up to 80km per hour. The faster highway helps shorten the time of traveling from HCM City to four provinces in the Central Highlands by one-third compared to the previous road.

However, over the first six months of this year, there were 21 road accidents on the section of the highway that crosses Dak Lak Province, killing 15 people and wounding 35 others.

Kon Tum province has reported 27 accidents on the highway over the last seven months of this year, according to the province's Traffic Safety Committee, killing 23 people and wounding 26 others.

The Committee has co-ordinatied with authorities of provinces in the Central Highland region and Binh Phuoc province to strengthen traffic regulations.

The police are imposing strict fines to violations including speeding, over-loaded trucks and too many passengers in vehicles.

Since late June, Dak Lak Province's traffic police has fined 165 buses for speeding and driving in the wrong lane.

Dak Nong Province has set up mobile traffic policemen teams along the highway, but admit drivers still ignore traffic regulations. — VNS

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