|The National Committee on Traffic Safety yesterday launched the Traffic Safety Year 2016 in the central Nghe An Province in an effort to engage the public and improve awareness of traffic safety nation-wide. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan
NGHE AN (VNS) — The National Committee on Traffic Safety yesterday launched the Traffic Safety Year 2016 in the central Nghe An Province in an effort to engage the public and improve awareness of traffic safety nation-wide.
The committee called on drivers and pedestrians to follow traffic rules strictly and responsibly. It also urged agencies and organisations to outline detailed actions to help reduce the number of traffic accidents and deaths.
This year, the committee expects to develop a better traffic culture in Viet Nam in which police and relevant authorities are urged to work with higher responsibility.
According to the committee, more than 22,400 traffic accidents were reported across the country last year, killing almost 8,700 people and injured over 20,550 people. The number of accidents, death toll and injured toll fell by 11 per cent, 3.6 per cent and 15.8 per cent, respectively, compared with that of 2014.
The latest committee report reveals that 124 traffic accidents claimed 65 lives and injured 94 people in the first three days of this year.
During that time, police on roads detected almost 25,000 traffic violations and collected fines of VND12.8 billion (US$570,000). Waterway traffic police cracked down on over 1,000 violations.
Meanwhile, Nguyen Van Huyen, general director of the Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam, has urged road operators and transport departments in cities and provinces to tighten traffic control, especially because the travelling demand is expected to increase sharply from now until the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.
He also asked relevant agencies to remove illegal roadside stalls, advertisements and trees to ensure clear vision for drivers.
Unnecessary traffic signs will be removed while more "No parking" signs will be placed along narrow or crowded streets.
Thousands of people rushed back to Ha Noi and HCM City following the new year holiday, causing traffic jams on several streets and overwhelming coach stations.
Traffic jams occurred yesterday afternoon on the streets near the major coach stations of Ha Noi—Pham Hung, Pham Van Dong and Giai Phong—as well as at the major intersections of Cau Giay–Kim Ma and Nguyen Trai–Khuat Duy Tien.
Mien Dong coach station (Binh Thanh District, HCM City) was flooded by a sea of people yesterday.
There was no room for the entry of buses returning from nearby provinces. Instead, they lined up in four rows outside the station and waited for their turn to enter.
Conflicts broke out constantly between the buses, coaches and taxis crowded at the entrance gate.
Many exhausted passengers fell asleep on the station's stone benches.
Traffic jams occurred on Dinh Bo Linh Street and on roads leading to Mien Dong Station, blocking the flow of thousands of vehicles.
Several more buses approached the station as rush hour drew near. Traffic then got even heavier as the city's residents started leaving for work. — VNS