A police officer controls traffic near Nước Ngầm bus station, Hà Nội. - VNA/VNS Photo Doãn Tấn
Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hòa Bình has requested ministries, agencies and localities to work together more closely to reduce traffic accidents, deaths and injuries this year by 5-10 per cent.
The official called for greater efforts to ease traffic jams and prevent serious traffic accidents while presiding over a teleconference held yesterday by the National Committee for Traffic Safety.
The Deputy PM said ensuring traffic safety requires the involvement of the entire political system.
To meet national safety goals, localities nationwide were asked to monitor the operation of transport companies specialising in road and internal waterways, especially passenger services.
Deputy PM Bình also called for closer coordination between agencies and localities in designing traffic safety projects for 2016-2020.
The committee reported that from December 16, 2015 to June 15 this year, 10,227 traffic accidents occurred nationwide, leaving 8,939 people injured and 4,362 dead, a drop of only 2.59 per cent in the number of deaths.
The number of traffic accident deaths in May and June were at higher levels than for the same period last year. The two worst accidents were reported in the central province of Bình Thuận and in the Central Highlands province of Lâm Đồng, with a combined total of 20 deaths and many others injured.
Internal waterways also witnessed a number of serious accidents. The latest incident involved a boat which capsized on the Hàn river in the central city of Đà Nẵng on the night of June 4, leaving three dead. – VNS