Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on April 10 reprimanded 10 provinces and cities for increase in fatalities in traffic accidents in the first quarter of the year.
The localities included Bac Kan, Hai Phong, Phu Yen, Ca Mau, Thai Nguyen, Ha Giang, Binh Dinh, Hau Giang, Quang Ngai and Tay Ninh.
|An accident in Nha Trang city (Photo MT)|
Prime Minister Dung asked Traffic Safety Committees of all provinces to find measures to improve traffic safety management and make plans for the second quarter of 2012.
According to data released by the Ministry of Transport, there were 2,764 traffic accidents nationwide in the first quarter of the year, leading to 2,462 fatalities and 2,209 injuries. Compared to the same period last year, the number of accidents had decreased by 810 and the nation saw a decrease of 578 fatalities and 725 injuries.
The Prime Minister also praised 33 localities, in which the number of accidents, injured people and fatalities had decreased in the first quarter. Nine localities saw a decrease in fatalities by over 40 per cant, including Yen Bai, Lai Chau, Vinh Long, Kien Giang, Hoa Binh, Ben Tre, HCM City, Nghe An and Cao Bang.
Ministry of Transport also reported that despite the decrease, the rate is still high. Serious accidents continue to increase.
The most common violation of traffic law was not wearing helmets, or using sub-standard helmets, drink driving, overloading, and exceeding speed limits. Traffic congestion in Hanoi and HCMC still plagues rush hours.
Previously, the Prime Minister had praised 10 cities and provinces for reducing the number of traffic fatalities over three successive years, namely Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, Dak Lak, Nghe An, An Giang, Quang Binh, Ha Nam, Quang Tri and Dak Nong Provinces.