Vietnam is planning a series of events to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (November 16), the third of its kind to be held in Vietnam.
From November 3-8, the National Committee for Traffic Safety will set up five working groups which will visit the families of road traffic victims in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, the northern provinces of Lao Cai and Yen Bai, the central provinces of Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue, and Can Tho city and Vinh Long in the south.
The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha will host a memorial ceremony for the deceased at Vinh Nghiem pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City on November 8, while a remembrance ceremony will be held in Hanoi on November 16.
A media campaign, workshops and forums are also planned.
Road accidents kill 1.3 million people every year the world over, a figure which is forecast to climb to 1.8-1.9 million in the near future. In Vietnam, 9,000 people die in road accidents every year, more than 20 per day on average, Transport Minister and Vice Chairman of the committee Dinh La Thang said.-VNA