|Monks pray for traffic accident victims at a requiem service organised yesterday by the National Traffic Safety Committee and the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha at Truc Lam Thien Truong Zen Monastery in Nam Dinh Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Van Dat
HA NOI (VNS) — Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang called for stronger public awareness about traffic safety laws during a requiem for traffic accident victims at the Truc Lam Thien Truong Zen Monastery in the northern province of Nam Dinh yesterday.
Traffic accidents kill 24 people and seriously injure more than 60 others each day, causing hundreds of families endless pain, Thang said. He added that it also places a heavy burden on the State budget, threatens economic growth and hurts the nation's image.
The minister, who is also deputy head of the National Traffic Safety Committee, called on agencies, organisations and individuals to share the loss of the victims' families and help ease their difficulties.
Monk Thich Thanh Nhieu, deputy chairman of Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha's Executive Committee, warned that just one moment of negligence or failure to abide traffic safety laws can cause serious consequences for drivers and those around them.
As of October, traffic accidents claimed the lives of more than 7,000 people and disabled hundreds of others, he noted.
He highlighted the need to deal with the alarming situation by stressing people's responsibility to respect and observe traffic laws.
The requiem, the fourth of its kind so far, is a chance for people to remind themselves and others to act responsibly and do everything they can to make traffic in Viet Nam safer and more civilised.
Tran Van Truong from Nam Dinh Province's Y Yen District, who lost his two children in traffic accidents, shared his story.
"Such human loss is extremely huge and immeasurable," Truong said. "Everyone should strictly abide traffic laws when driving on the roads to avoid losses like the ones my family has suffered."
Although her husband is seriously ill, Pham Thanh Van, another resident of Nam Dinh Province, still managed to attend the requiem to pray for the salvation of her son's soul. On September 15, Van's two sons were struck by a motorbike while they were playing in front of their house. The 15-year-old boy suffered injuries, while his younger, 11-year-old brother died.
"I miss him terribly," Van said in tears. "It is an unbearable pain to witness tens of people dying due to traffic accidents each day. I wish everyone would take the traffic laws seriously." — VNS