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HCM City attempts to cut traffic accidents

Update: February, 29/2016 - 08:33
A traffic accident in HCM City. The People's Committee of HCM City has set a goal to reduce the number of traffic accidents, fatalities and injuries by 5 per cent this year.— Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — The People's Committee of HCM City has set a goal to reduce the number of traffic accidents, fatalities and injuries by 5 per cent this year.

The committee announced the goal at a meeting held late last week to review traffic safety last year and to outline a new traffic safety plan for this year.

The committee also showed its determination to reduce congestion and the time of traffic jams to no more than 30 minutes.

To realise the target, the city will focus on efforts to improve people's awareness of abiding by traffic rules.

According to Nguyen Ngoc Tuong, vice chairman of the municipal Traffic Safety Board, in 2015 traffic safety in the city appeared to improve compared with previous years.

However, the city had yet to realise the target of reducing the number of fatalities to under 5 per cent because of the number of accidents.

Traffic congestion still occured regularly, particularly when there were fires, heavy rains and flood tides.

However, traffic jams now last no longer than 30 minutes.

Tuong added that the bus services had improved but not enough to meet people's demand.

Although city authorities have managed to crack down on overloaded buses and xe du, the name for unregistered (passenger) vehicles, the results have remained modest.

Khuat Viet Hung, chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, praised the city's efforts in ensuring traffic safety, which had contributed to reducing the number of traffic accidents nationwide.

"The city has created many models to ensure traffic safety and put several key transport projects into operation," he said.

Hung also asked the city to further tighten rules applied to public servants and improve the effectiveness of state management in ensuring traffic safety.

He also stressed the need to apply scientific and technological advances to the traffic situation, and continue investing in the development of transport infrastructure, particularly those areas facing traffic bottlenecks.

Priorities should also be given to the development of an intelligent traffic system and public transport services, Hung said.

The vice chairman of the People's Committee, Le Van Khoa, said that the city would focus on creating a road traffic culture in the community, educating people about the legal regulations on traffic safety and applying serious punishment for violations. — VNS

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