Illustration by Trịnh Lập by An Phương Among the nine results listed on Google when I asked the question “Should women drive?” in Vietnamese, six of them gave me negative answers, which inspired me to talk with many people about the topic. This topic has caused controversy among many people recently, especially after several serious car crashes with female drivers occurred. I’m a woman who can’t drive and I don’t plan to learn how to drive anytime soon as I’m totally fine with riding my own motorbike, taking taxis, or booking a GrabBike when necessary. However, I have to admit I have a conflict of interest. While I encourage all my female friends to take driving lessons or drive, I judge, albeit in a low-key way, other women that cut me off as they drive a car. Quang Minh, 32, told me that women are generally not solid drivers of cars. “I’m not saying this because … [Read more...] about Should Vietnamese women drive a car?
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A car rammed into a group of schoolchildren crossing a street in front of an elementary school in northeast China on Thursday, killing five people and injuring another 18, state media said. Social media footage from Weibo shows a car ramming into schoolchildren crossing the street. Police took the driver into custody and are investigating the cause of the incident in Huludao, Liaoning province, the official CCTV broadcaster said on its Weibo social media account. Unverified videos circulating social media show a car veering onto the wrong side of the road and ploughing through the line of pupils, the impact from the crash throwing bodies across the road. Other gut-wrenching footage showed at least two small children lying unconscious and bleeding on the street. Victims of the crash are undergoing medical treatment, according to CCTV. The incident happened around noon. Grisly car accidents are common in China, where transportation authorities have struggled to enforce … [Read more...] about Five dead, 18 hurt as car rams into children in China
PARIS: Questions are being asked about safety standards in motorsports after a horrifying crash at the Macau Grand Prix on Sunday (Nov 18) led to 17-year-old German driver Sophia Floersch undergoing seven hours of spinal surgery. Sophia Floersch before her Macau horror crash AFP/K.Y. CHENG Why is the Macau Grand Prix dangerous? Motorcycle and racing car Grand Prix have been held for over 60 years in Macau, a town with the reputation as being the Asian Las Vegas, and the Formula 3 race in which German racer Floersch hurtled into marshals and photographers after flying off the track on Sunday is the most popular race of all. Raced over a temporary circuit at Guia, the 6.2-kilometre track is dotted with long straights where speeds of 275km/h are the norm, which are then coupled with tight, blind corners. As with most urban circuits the roads are narrow and there are few safety exits. Any driver losing control on a corner or chicane will almost certainly hit the barriers and … [Read more...] about Shocking Macau racing car accident rings safety alarm bells
Second victim of car accident on Red River identifiedThe Saigon Times Daily The broken bridge railing at the scene of the car crash that occurred on Saturday, November 3 – PHOTO: VNA HCMC - The second female victim, whose car had hit the railing of Chuong Duong Bridge and fallen into the Red River on Saturday, was identified as Bui Kim C., 21, a resident of Thanh Xuan District in Hanoi City. She was a recent graduate, working as a real estate agent, local newspaper reports said. Earlier, the police of Long Bien District in Hanoi, late on Saturday, was notified of a car crash that had claimed two lives in the district. The police quickly dispatched a working team to the scene of the accident. A black car driving from Nguyen Van Cu Street to Hoan Kiem District had spun out of control and hit the railing of Chuong Duong Bridge before plunging into the river, according to Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, an eyewitness to the accident. The local police, teaming up with the … [Read more...] about Second victim of car accident on Red River identified
An out-of-control truck ploughed into a 31-car lineup in northwest China killing 15 people and injuring 44, authorities in the city of Lanzhou said Sunday. The accident occurred Saturday night as the driver of the heavy duty articulated truck lost control on a downhill stretch of expressway and collided with cars lining up at a toll booth, Lanzhou's propaganda department said. Ten of the 44 hurt sustained serious injuries, authorities said. The big rig driver Li Feng was put under investigation and police watch, according to the official news agency Xinhua. The semi-trailer was registered to Li's home northeastern Liaoning province, more than 2,000 kilometres from the scene of the accident. It was Li's first time driving the stretch of road, the China Daily said. State broadcaster CCTV aired video from the scene showing heavy snow and many crippled and twisted vehicles. Deadly road accidents are common in China, where traffic regulations are often flouted or go unenforced. Last … [Read more...] about 15 killed as truck hits 31-car lineup in China