Traffic accidents rise despite improvements in automobile safety features

Due to the massive losses caused by road crashes, traffic safety has become a high-priority issue in Ho Chi Minh City. Since the beginning the year, traffic accidents have been rising in recent years especially in suburban districts despite improvements in automobile safety features.

A road accident in Binh Chanh District (Photo: SGGP)

A road accident in Binh Chanh District (Photo: SGGP)

Statistics of the Traffic Safety Management Board in Binh Thanh District has shown that in first six months of the year, 19 traffic accidents claimed 19 lives in the district; drivers under the influence of alcohol are the culprit of most of the accidents.
Meantime, in nine months alone, 80 road accidents have left 81 dead in Binh Chanh District excluding crashes. Leaders of Binh Chanh District warned more road accidents from now on despite implementation of solution to reduce because Binh Chanh district is a gate into Ho Chi Minh City with high traffic flow.
Can Gio reportedly has extraordinary rise of road accidents with 12 cases killing 12 people. From the beginning of the year despite competence agencies’ efforts to reduce it.
Head of the Traffic Police Station in Binh Chanh lieutenant colonel Le Phat Thanh said that out of 80 road accidents in the district from the beginning of the year, eight were killed by drivers with aggressive driving behaviors, 17 were caused by distracted drivers and 17 caused by drivers changing lanes too quickly and 11 caused by drivers who didn’t keep a safe distance.
Another reason of rise in road accidents pointed out by lieutenant colonel Le Phat Thanh was poor road conditions. For instance, pothole-riddled Dan Cong Hoa Tuyen Road in Vinh Loc A has not been upgraded for years. Accordingly, traffic accidents usually take place in the road.
Deputy Chairman of Can Gio People’s Committee Truong Tien Trien blamed drunk drivers for road accidents since Can Gio is a tourist destination, visitors had drunk beer on the way back to HCMC.

BY PHAM MINH - Translated by ANH QUAN

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