The World Health Organization announced at a seminar in Hanoi on October 3 that it will invest US$860,000 to implement the road traffic injury prevention project in Vietnam. The project aims to strengthen the capacity of law makers and health officials to provide training courses and to enhance prevention work on road traffic accidents. The project will be implemented in the next two years (2008-2009) to develop pilot models for prevention of road traffic accidents. Addressing the seminar, Nguyen Trong Thai, deputy head of the secretariat of the National Traffic Safety Committee, said the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Transport are compiling a new decree on traffic safety to ensure social order and reduce traffic accidents. The project will be implemented by the Preventive Health Department in collaboration with the National Traffic Safety Committee, the traffic police force and the youth association. … [Read more...] about WHO helps Vietnam prevent road traffic accidents
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The first nine months of this year saw 18,697 traffic accidents occur nationwide, killing 6,758 people and injuring 17,835 others, the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) has reported. >> American coach of Vietnam's Saigon Heat dies of accident, aged 49 Compared with the same period last year, the number of accidents dropped by 14.47 percent (or 3,164 cases), the death toll fell by 4.01 percent (or 280 deaths), and the number of injured decreased by 18.11 percent (or 3,945 people). Eleven provinces and cities saw their traffic death toll decrease by over 20 percent, including Bac Giang, Bac Kan, Ninh Thuan, Da Nang, Cao Bang, Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Phu Tho, Dak Lak, Binh Duong and Dong Thap. Notably, the death toll in Bac Giang dropped by as much as over 50 percent. Meanwhile, the death toll increased in 14 localities, of which Ca Mau, Kien Giang, Vinh Long, Ben Tre and Vinh Phuc provinces reported increases of over 25 percent. The period also saw 129 railway … [Read more...] about Deaths from road traffic accidents in Vietnam down by 4%
Thu Duc District reported 63 road accidents last year that killed 56 people and injured 29 and three train accidents that killed three people. Truong Van Thong, chairman of the Thu Duc District People's Committee, said the district has ordered schools to change timings and clear traffic congestion in front of school gates, remove businesses encroaching pavement space and teach students about road traffic regulations. The People's Committee of the District has been striving to reduce traffic gridlock and curb illegal motorcycle racing. Huynh Cong Hung, Head of the Culture and Society Department of the city People's Council, said at the meeting that traffic congestion during rush hours must be reduced and the district must re-arrange flea-markets alongside national highways, especially in front of industrial parks and processing zones. Moreover, the district also needs to synchronous cooperation with locals to address traffic jams along National 1A in Hanoi as it connects Thu Duc … [Read more...] about Thu Duc District pledges to curb road traffic accidents
How do we curb the appalling number of road traffic accidents? (13-08-2007) Minister of Transport and Chairman of the National Committee for Traffic Safety Ho Nghia Dung talked with Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper about potential solutions for Viet Nam's high traffic accident rate. Why has the number of traffic accidents, including serious accidents, been so high in the first six months of this year? The main reasons are a lack of awareness by the public about the need to obey traffic laws and poor management by the State. Rapid economic growth, in particular in the transport industry, which has grown at a rate of eight to nine per cent, has seen the number of vehicles on the roads increase significantly. There are currently about 20 million vehicles being driven nation-wide, and the people's awareness of road safety issues, traffic management by the State and the quality of infrastructure, have not kept pace with this. What do you think about claims that the high rate of accidents … [Read more...] about How do we curb the appalling number of road traffic accidents?
VietNamNet Bridge - Nguyen Trong Thai, vice office chief of the National Committee for Traffic Safety, spoke to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper about traffic safety and the threat of increasing numbers of road deaths. What are the major reasons for traffic accidents, which kill more than 31 people a day on average, a situation that has remained static for the last two years? Relevant agencies believe that low awareness in following road traffic regulations is the main reason for such a high casualty rate. Motorbike drivers bear the brunt of most accidents as they are the most regular offenders, jumping traffic light and changing lanes, travelling while overloaded, speeding or driving while drunk. This is the case in many countries, where motorbikes are considered unsafe forms of transport, a problem not helped here where the numbers of motorbikes have increased by about three million a year on average. … [Read more...] about Motorcyclists, poor roading to blame for most traffic accidents