Accidents caused by unaware motorists
March, 07/2016 - 11:00
HCM CITY (VNS) — A lack of awareness about traffic safety and laws is the chief reason for the high number of traffic accidents in the country, the vice chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee has said.
“People are aware of their actions, but they deliberately violate laws because of the belief that it will not cause a traffic accident,” Khuat Viet Hung said. “If it does happen, they will not be punished strictly.”
He mentioned a recent accident as an example. A driver of a car lost control of his vehicle and hit and killed three people, including a six-year-old child, in Ha Noi’s Long Bien District.
Hung said better management was the key to improving the situation, which kills 12,000 people every year on average.
State management of traffic has been weak, resulting in poor awareness of road users. Key factors contributing to the problem are the lack of strict law enforcement as well as bribes given by drivers to police.
“It’s time to take immediate action,” Hung said, adding that there was no time left to debate the matter.
Close co-operation between central and local government agencies is a vital factor for the effective operation of the Viet Nam National Safety Transport Committee, which is headed by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
The number of people killed in traffic accidents each year should be cut by half in the 2016-20 period, according to Phuc.
He said that authorities must take action to educate the public and reduce the number of people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Phuc said that high-tech measures should be applied to traffic regulations as well as to the procedures of penalising violators.
For 2016 and the five-year plan from 2016 to 2020, Viet Nam has set a target to reduce by 5-10 per cent the number of accidents, fatalities and injuries.
By the end of 2020, the aim is to have 5,000 fewer cases of fatalities with traffic jams lasting no more than 30 minutes.
The Viet Nam National Safety Traffic Committee has proposed six measures to reduce traffic accidents.
It will continue to implement the Directive No 18 of the Party Central Committee Secretary on traffic safety and the Government’s Decree No 88 on measures to ensure traffic safety and overcome problems of traffic jams.
It will also raise the capacity and efficiency of the State management toward transport safety and install more traffic signs on roads, railways and waterways.
The committee will also continue the restructuring of the transport sector, particularly the Ha Noi and HCM City light trains, to reduce the use of private transport.
Inspection activities and the handling of violation cases will also be strengthened.
The mass communication campaign on the issue, particularly in remote regions, will also be given more attention.
Last year, Viet Nam achieved certain successes in traffic safety.
However, there remain some weaknesses that should be dealt with in 2016, particularly in campaigns to raise people’s awareness about transport safety and making transport infrastructure mesh with socio-economic development.
According to the National Traffic Safety Committee, the country saw serious decreases in the number of traffic accidents, facilities and injuries from 2012 to 2014.
Last year, the number of traffic accidents, injuries and deaths dropped 51 per cent, 60 per cent and 24 per cent, respectively, compared with four years earlier. — VNS