Police Urged to Improve Traffic Safety

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung urged police to play a more active role in promoting traffic safety on Viet Nam's roads.

Police will keep a close eye on the streets to prevent traffic accidents

He made the statement during a conference organized by the Ministry of Public Security yesterday to review measures implemented to enhance traffic safety in the first six months of the year.
Participants at the conference also discussed solutions to reduce traffic accidents and gridlock.

Deputy PM Hung praised the efforts and achievements already made by members of the People's Public Security Force in preventing traffic accidents and thereby saving lives.

He said promoting traffic safety was the task of all members of the Government, the public and social activists as a whole and that police should consider this an important duty. 

Mr. Hung also asked members to quickly implement urgent measures, launch a new nationwide traffic safety campaign, strictly punish traffic law violators and support road upgrades and construction.

He also asked the ministry to co-ordinate with the Ministry of Transport to address "black spots", defined as areas where traffic accidents often happen, protect traffic safety corridors and resolve rush hour jams on busy streets.

Deputy PM Hung asked the police force to boost education on traffic safety laws for citizens, as well.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung issued a Resolution on solutions to reduce accidents and traffic jams across the country.

In the Resolution, the Government has asked ministries, related sectors and localities to boost education and general understanding of traffic laws and outlined severe punishments for people who break these laws.

As of September 1 2007, the police will be cracking down on the number young people driving without a license, and as of September 15 2007, a new law will come into effect stating that all motorbike drivers must wear a helmet while driving on any road in Viet Nam.
From January 1 2008, cars out of a certain age will no longer be allowed on public roads.
In the first half of the year, 7,936 traffic accidents were reported across the whole country, killing 7,122 people and injuring 6,048 others, a year-on-year increase of 3.9 percent, 9.9 percent and 1.8 percent respectfully.

Source: VNA, SGGP – Compiled by Yen Chuong

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