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High school children most likely to die on roads

Update: April, 13/2019 - 09:00
A 16-year-old schoolgirl driving an electric bike was killed in a collision with a truck on March 14 in Đồng Xoài City, Bình Phước Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Đậu Tất Thành

 

HCM CITY — Việt Nam’s roads are slowly getting safer, but not for kids, according to experts.          

High school students are the most likely among adolescents to be killed in traffic accidents due to their “unsafe behaviour on roads”, found researchers from the Vietnamese-German University.

Speaking at a workshop on road accidents held yesterday in HCM City, Dr Trịnh Tú Anh, head of Tôn Đức Thắng University’s planning department, said as many as 2,000 adolescents (defined as 10 to 19 years old) were killed on the roads per year. 

Students in high school (grades 10 through 12) were the most susceptible adolescents in Việt Nam, with nearly 33 road deaths per 100,000 adolescents.

The figure is five times higher than the average mortality rate of all ages in the country, or eight to nine times higher than the rate of the same group in developed countries, according to Anh.

“The traffic accident rate is decreasing in Việt Nam, but this is not the case for children,” she said. Most of the accidents occurred when students were driving mopeds, bicycles or electric bicycles.

Although traffic awareness campaigns had existed in Việt Nam for years, the number of accidents related to adolescents remained high. More than 80 per cent of the accidents occurred when the adolescent was driving, she said.

The five most dangerous driving behaviours of adolescents include: changing to the wrong lane (23.6 per cent), going in the wrong direction (11 per cent), speeding (9 per cent), overtaking other vehicles (6.7 per cent) and dangerous street crossings (6.2 per cent).

Motorbikes account for more than 90 per cent of total motorised vehicles in Việt Nam, the highest proportion of any ASEAN country.

The main causes include lane violations, speeding and going in the wrong direction,” she said.

New approach  

Dr Khuất Việt Hùng, executive vice chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, said the most common traffic violations were speeding, drunk driving, driving in the wrong direction, driving in the wrong lane, talking on the phone while driving and driving side by side.

“Việt Nam is one of the top countries in the world in alcohol consumption,” he said, adding that drunk driving is “very common in the country.”

He also noted that drivers were also uncooperative when dealing with traffic police. 

Traffic education and road safety are not officially part of the education curriculum in Việt Nam.

To address this challenge, co-operation from the State, scientists, businesses and local and international organisations in developing new solutions to the traffic problem is very important, according to Hùng.

Việt Nam has targeted reducing traffic accidents and deaths by 5-10 per cent each year by 2021.

Hùng said the Law on Road Traffic should be amended and a national database on traffic accidents be created.

Vũ Anh Tuấn, director of the Vietnamese-German Transport Research Centre at the Vietnamese-German University, said a comprehensive plan for road safety solutions based on traffic data and evidence was needed.

Road safety fund

Dr An Minh Ngọc, of the University of Transport and Communications, said Việt Nam lacked sufficient funds to develop road safety measures and solutions.

For example, many agencies involved in road safety activities use the same funding sources. Other financial sources could include surcharges on motor fuel, vehicle licensing fees and road tolls, Ngọc said. — VNS

GLOSSARY

High school students are the most likely among adolescents to be killed in traffic accidents due to their “unsafe behaviour on roads”, found researchers from the Vietnamese-German University.

Adolescents are young people between the age of 10-19 years old.

Speaking at a workshop on road accidents held yesterday in HCM City, Dr Trịnh Tú Anh, head of Tôn Đức Thắng University’s planning department, said as many as 2,000 adolescents (defined as 10 to 19 years old) were killed on the roads per year. 

A workshop is when interested people and organisations get together to discuss a problem.

Students in high school (grades 10 through 12) were the most susceptible adolescents in Việt Nam, with nearly 33 road deaths per 100,000 adolescents.

To be susceptible is to be the most likely victims.

The figure is five times higher than the average mortality rate of all ages in the country, or eight to nine times higher than the rate of the same group in developed countries, according to Anh.

Mortality means death.

Although traffic awareness campaigns had existed in Việt Nam for years, the number of accidents related to adolescents remained high. More than 80 per cent of the accidents occurred when the adolescent was driving, she said.

A campaign is an effort to publicise and create awareness.

The five most dangerous driving behaviours of adolescents include: changing to the wrong lane (23.6 per cent), going in the wrong direction (11 per cent), speeding (9 per cent), overtaking other vehicles (6.7 per cent) and dangerous street crossings (6.2 per cent).

Dangerous means to do something that will cause harm.

“Seventy per cent of road accidents are related to motorbikes. The main causes include lane violations, speeding and going in the wrong direction,” she said.

A violation is an action that is against the rules.

Dr Khuất Việt Hùng, executive vice chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, said the most common traffic violations were speeding, drunk driving, driving in the wrong direction, driving in the wrong lane, talking on the phone while driving and driving side by side.

Drunk driving means to drive after drinking a lot of alcohol.

He also noted that drivers were also uncooperative when dealing with traffic police. 

This means to be rude and not helpful when dealing with others.

Traffic education and road safety are not officially part of the education curriculum in Việt Nam.

An educational curriculum is made up of subjects that form a course studies at school or elsewhere.

To address this challenge, co-operation from the State, scientists, businesses and local and international organisations in developing new solutions to the traffic problem is very important, according to Hùng.

Solutions are answers to problems.

Vũ Anh Tuấn, director of the Vietnamese-German Transport Research Centre at the Vietnamese-German University, said a comprehensive plan for road safety solutions based on traffic data and evidence was needed.

Comprehensive means a well thought out plan with a lot of information.

Dr An Minh Ngọc, of the University of Transport and Communications, said Việt Nam lacked sufficient funds to develop road safety measures and solutions.

Sufficient funds means to have enough money to do a job.

For example, many agencies involved in road safety activities use the same funding sources. Other financial sources could include surcharges on motor fuel, vehicle licensing fees and road tolls, Ngọc said.

Surcharges are extra fees added to a price.

WORKSHEET

Find the words that mean the following:

  1. Lots of cars, motorbikes and passengers in the city.
  2. A list of people and their contact information for a list of events.
  3. Another word for petrol.
  4. To make less.
  5. The opposite of dangerous.

 

 

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Answers:1.  Traffic; 2. Database; 3. Fuel; 4. Reduce; 5. Safe

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