Traffic jams often occur at Chùa Bộc Street in Hà Nội on peak hours. — VNA/VNS Photo Thành Đạt
Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Public Security has sent a dispatch to heads of provincial and municipal police, requesting them to focus on enhancing traffic order and safety for Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday to control traffic jams and accidents.
The number of traffic accidents increased by 12.67 per cent in January compared with the previous month while the number of deaths and injured people rose by 11.59 per cent and 5.81 per cent, respectively, the dispatch said.
Notably, three serious traffic accidents occurred in HCM City, Hà Giang and Thái Nguyên in January, killing 12 people.
Prolonged traffic jams often happened in Hà Nội and HCM City in the month, it said.
To carry out the campaign to ensure traffic order and safety on the occasion of the Lunar New Year and the Spring Festival 2018, the Ministry of Public Security ordered heads of police units and localities to direct traffic police to work with relevant agencies to raise people’s awareness, strengthen patrols and strictly handle traffic violations.
Special attention should be paid to speeding, road encroachment, drunk driving and not wearing helmets when riding motorbikes, the dispatch said.
Heads of police force at all levels should limit their meetings and spend more time on inspecting traffic on the roads.
According to the dispatch, police from Hà Nội, HCM City and neighbouring provinces should mobilise all forces including volunteer youths and veterans to regulate traffic to reduce congestion in urban areas.
Heads of Traffic Police Department and its sub-departments were asked to frequently inspect and monitor the implementation of involved police units and localities, with priority given to hotspots and localities that had many traffic accidents in January. — VNS