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New highway records alarming rate of accidents

Update: June, 25/2015 - 17:07
a truck was toppled on Highway 14 in Gia Lai Province. - Photo

GIA LAI (VNS) – Some 34 serious accidents killing 31 people occurred on highway No.14 in Tay Nguyen's (Central Highlands) Gia Lai and Dak Lak Provinces in the first half this year.

According to local authorities, in Gia Lai Province alone, 13 severe accidents occurred, causing 16 deaths.

Especially in the past two months, a series of serious accidents happened at the highway section.

The situation is really alarming and calls for attention from relevant offices.

The head of the Transport Department of Gia Lai Province, Nguyen Trung Tam, said the department has directed investors and builders to install signposts on the highway right after the completion of its construction so as to curb traffic accidents.

In addition, the department has organised around-the-clock patrol teams along this highway section to monitor and control speeding vehicles, Tam added.

Gia Lai Province has Highway No. 14 and No.19 passing through the section linking central coastal and Tay Nguyen provinces.

Highway No.14 is a key route linking Gia Lai with neighbouring provinces, so traffic on this section is always busy. Moreover, some sections zigzag as they pass through hills and slopes. These sections are high-risk zones for traffic accidents.

Most accidents occur due to traffic rules violations or drunken driving.

Highway No.14, which is close to completion, will shorten the travel time between Gia Lai and Dak Lak to 1 hour. -- VNS

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