Increase in traffic accidents in some provinces due to local authorities’ neglectfulness

Increase in traffic accidents is due to local governments’ neglectfulness, said Deputy Prime Minister cum chairman of Vietnam’s National Traffic Safety Committee Nguyen Xuan Phuc at an online conference to review the whole year’s mission and to implement the task for next year on January 13.

Some 25,322 traffic accidents were reported, killing 8,996 people and injuring 24,417 . The figure dropped by 4,063 incidents (13.8 percent), by 373 dead people (4 percent.

Ten provinces including the northern provinces of Quang Ninh, Ha Giang, Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Nam Dinh, Bac Giang, Lang Son and the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau and the central city of Da Nang have seen a decline of deaths from traffic accidents.

However, five other provinces such as the central province of Quang Tri, the highlands province of Kon Tum, the Mekong delta province of Vinh Long, Kien Giang and Ben Tre have an traffic accident increase of more than 10 percent,.

According to Transport Minister Dinh La Thang, traffic accidents dropped thanks to local government’s timely guideline and all agencies’ participation.

However, in some provinces serious accidents took place between passenger coach and motorbikes especially in the last months of the year when the travelling demand increase, he said.

Traffic accidents went up drastically in rural districts where people’s awareness of traffic safety is low, he added.

Deputy Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee Khuat Viet Hung said that most of traffic accidents had happened in countryside and mountainous districts due to drivers’ low awareness. Drivers in these places did not wear helmet and were drunk when driving.

Meeting participants said that local governments in provinces which have surge in traffic accidents should spread information of traffic regulations and increase inhabitants’ awareness of obeying to the law. Traffic wardens have to tighten checking on drunk trucks drivers and overloaded coaches.

Deputy PM Phuc ordered each local government and related agencies to work out a detailed plan to reduce traffic accidents in which leaders must assume responsibility if there would be an accident in the province.

By Bich Quyen - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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