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HCM City aims to reduce traffic accident hotspots

Update: October, 22/2020 - 09:16

 

Traffic at the An Sương roundabout in District 12 has improved thanks to upgraded transport infrastructure. Photo: sggp.org.vn

HCM CITY — The HCM City authority is carrying out solutions to eliminate so-called black spots where traffic accidents occur regularly in the city.

The city’s Department of Transport cited seven black spots, including Nguyễn Duy Trinh Street and Mỹ Thủy intersection in District 2, Nguyễn Tri Phương overpass in District 5, Sài Gòn Bridge No 2 in Bình Thạnh District, An Sương roundabout in District 12, an area at 235 Nguyễn Văn Cừ Street, and Võ Văn Kiệt Street in District 1

The city’s department said two black spots in District 2 had the highest number of collisions between motorcycles and container trucks. Although many signs in the area prohibit overloaded trucks at these two spots, there are still many container trucks travelling at high speed, even though the roads are narrow and are near markets and schools.

According to the National Traffic Safety Committee, traffic accidents caused by tractors and container trucks account for a high proportion of road accidents in the country.

The main causes of accidents at the black spots are deteriorating traffic infrastructure and drivers' violations of traffic safety laws.

The city’s department is working with the police department and People's Committee of districts and related units to develop a detailed plan for each spot.

Recently, the city Transport Department said it would try to eliminate a black spot at Bình Lợi 1 bridge in Thủ Đức District.

The department is focusing on the maintenance of road infrastructure, expansion of road size, and installation of more traffic signs, traffic lights, median strips, and surveillance cameras.

The department has also told city units to strictly handle traffic violations. Inspections and sanctioning of violators has also increased. — VNS

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