We are nearly 20 days into the “Month of Traffic Safety”, as September has been designated, but traffic jams in front of school entrances in Ho Chi Minh City have yet to decline. In fact, they have grown more serious despite the efforts of the city’s Department of Education and Training.
A traffic jam in front of Bau Sen Primary School on Nguyen Trai St., District 5, HCM City (Photo: SGGP)
For example, prolonged congestion often occurs on a long section of Truong Chinh Street in Tan Binh District, where Ngo Quyen Middle School, Cach Mang Thang Tam High School, and the Pre-school No. 12 are situated.
Heavy traffic can also be found at the Bong Bridge area and on several streets, including Phan Dang Luu, Dinh Tien Hoang and No Trang Long in Binh Thanh District. The congestion occurs at 5 p.m every day when students leave Vo Thi Sau, Le Van Tam, Ha Huy Tap, Be Van Dan and Hoang Hoa Tham schools
The same situation is seen on Cong Quynh Street in District 1 when students of Chu Van An school start returning home after school. On other streets in the district, such as Nguyen Van Thu, Dinh Tien Hoang, Tran Cao Van and Huynh Khuong Ninh, where many schools are located, traffic congestions also often occur.
When the Month of Traffic Safety was initiated, the Department asked all schools to call on students, parents, teachers and employees to actively contribute to easing the traffic jams at the entrances of schools and increase respect for the road traffic regulations.
The Department also asked schools to encourage students to go to school by bus and strictly banned students who are under 19 years old or have no driver’s license from driving motorbikes to school.
Some schools have implemented the Department’s instructions, including Hermann Gmeiner School on Quang Trung Street in Go Vap District. The school has coordinated with the local police and authorities to avoid traffic congestion when classes end.
One hundred percent of the school’s teachers have pledged to comply with the Law on Road Traffic Traffic, said Mrs. Dang Thi Kim Lan, the principal of the school.
All the students’ parents at this school have undertaken not to allow their children who are under age to drive motorbikes, she added.
However, there remain a lot of schools that have yet to take effective measures to alleviate the traffic problems that occur when school starts or finishes.
Therefore, the traffic situation at school entrances has not improved two weeks into the new academic year.