Measures needed to reduce traffic fatalities

DESPITE traffic safety improvements and a drop in the number of accidents overall, the amount of fatal road collisions remains high.

That was the message delivered by Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of the National Committee for Traffic Safety Truong Hoa Binh during an online conference on Friday.

The Deputy PM said traffic statistics from the first three months of the year showed a reduction in accidents, but this was mainly due to less vehicles on the road because of the Tet holiday and social distancing measures.

But he warned that despite the drop in accidents in general, many lives were still lost on roads.

Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The said one of the reasons roads were busier was because of the large amount of new vehicles being registered, which he estimated at around 500,000 each year.

“With such an increase in cars, over the next five to seven years, the level of congestion will be very large if we do not have radical solutions right now, ” he said.

Vietnam had 3,206 traffic accidents in the first three months this year, killing 1,672 people and injuring 2,386 others.

The number of accidents and injured people decreased by 263 and 183, respectively, compared with the same period last year but the number of fatalities increased by 33, according to the National Committee for Traffic Safety.

Speaking at the conference, Deputy Minister of Public Security Nguyen Duy Ngoc proposed several measures to improve traffic safety.

Ngoc said that as Vietnam was on an economic development mission, transport infrastructure improvements were crucial.

He suggested that provincial and municipal traffic safety committees must learn from experience and what improvements were needed.

“One example is coach monitoring, ” he said.

“It needs to be better directed because not monitoring journeys is the cause of many serious traffic accidents.” — Vietnam News/ANN

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