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Committee moves to make roads safe as people head home for Tet

Update: December, 29/2014 - 09:44

Deputy Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee Khuat Viet Hung told Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times) about measures to ensure traffic safety in rural areas during Tet.

What measures will the committee put forward to ensure traffic safety during Tet?

We have asked big transport corporations to strengthen traffic safety by focusing on tightening controls on methods of transport, upping service quality and regulating ticket prices.

One more issue that should be strengthened is the campaign attempting to reduce the problem of drunk driving.

Every year, the committee asks localities to implement more strict measures to ensure traffic safety and control drinking and driving. Why are traffic accidents still such a pressing problem in rural areas during Tet?

I have to say that there has been remarkable progress in ensuring traffic safety in rural areas. However, we haven't seen results in all rural locations.

We all have seen a lot of investment in rural traffic infrastructure, as well as communication campaigns to disseminate traffic safety regulations.

However, traffic infrastructure could be improved. For example, rural roads that have been paved and expanded still lack signs and many bend sharply, reducing visibility. Traffic police forces have patrolled provincial and district areas, but not at a very local level. So traffic accidents are still a serious problem in rural areas.

What will the committee do to tackle the problem this year?

Starting at the beginning of this year, the committee has asked localities to strengthen traffic safety at the communal level. Some localities have good communication models encouraging people to obey traffic safety regulations. In the central province of Gia Lai, the head of the communal police reminded and warned those people behaving badly in traffic. Traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities were greatly reduced.

In addition, we should pay attention to people who live in the city who go home to rural areas during Tet.

Along with cracking down on drunk driving, the committee collaborated with the Ministry of Education and Training and the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour to disseminate traffic safety regulations in universities, colleges and industrial parks.

Handbooks on traffic safety will be provided to all communes, with an aim to provide basic knowledge, as well as communication skills for those in charge of keeping traffic safe at the local level. We will announce the initiative in Ninh Binh province in the beginning of 2015.

In 2015, we will supervise localities, and visit them for inspections instead of waiting for their reports. Hopefully this will encourage localities to strive to reduce traffic accidents.

Inspections would also help us review and exchange experience in the field. — VNS

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