Over 1,000 students march to call for safe traffic

Over 1,000 students of Economy University yesterday participated in a demonstration in streets in Ho Chi Minh City’s downtown to call for young people not use mobile phone while driving.

Students participate in a contest about traffic regulations (Photo: SGGP)

Students participate in a contest about traffic regulations (Photo: SGGP)

This demonstration is one of the activities in the project “Safe Preparation” launched by National Traffic Safety Committee, Asia Injury Prevention Foundation (AIP Foundation) and UPS Company in ten higher education institutions in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
With the slogan “Mobile phone or safe driving? Choose only one!", the project has many activities. Students will take part in popular games included with knowledge and skills of safe traffic pledging not to use mobile phone while driving.
Before, the committee has carried out a survey of safe traffic. According to survey result, around 82 percent of participant students in ten universities said that they use mobile phone while driving. Moreover, just 46.6 percent of students have correct answer of wrong acts while driving while 71 percent of them thought that distracted drivers will not cause dangers.
Vice head of the committee Nguyen Ngoc Tuong warned drivers using mobile phone behind the wheel will cause accidents four times higher than their concentrated peers while the number of accidents caused by distracted motorists is over 20 times higher than their concentrated peers.
According to the safe traffic management board in HCMC, just 6 percent of drivers stop their vehicles in safe place to use mobile phone. Hence, it is import to nurture good traffic culture amongst young people is important to reduce accidents.
Mobile phone use while driving is common, but it is widely considered dangerous due to its potential for causing distracted driving and accidents. Due to the number of accidents that are related to conducting calls on a phone and texting while driving, the use of calling on a phone while driving is made illegal.

By THU TAM - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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