Traffic accidents kill 8,279 people in 2017
Updated : Thursday, January 04, 2018 2:30 PM (GMT+0700)

Asmany as 20,080 traffic accidents were reported in 2017, killing 8,279 peopleand injuring 17,040 others, according to the National Committee for TrafficSafety. 

The scene of a road accident - Photo: VNA

The committee revealed at ateleconference in Hanoi on January 3 that the numbers represented respectivedecreases of 1,509, 406 and 2,240 in cases, fatalities and injuries as comparedwith the previous year. 

Traffic jams developedcomplicatedly in major cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, it said, addingthat 87 prolonged traffic jams were reported in the year due to accidents,vehicle fleet inflows and other mishaps. 

Addressing the event, DeputyPrime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, who is also Chairman of the National Committeefor Traffic Safety, asked competent forces to pay attention to handlingoverloaded vehicles and determine responsibility of heads of ministries,agencies and localities. 

Talking about the TrafficSafety Year 2018’s theme of “Traffic safety for children”, the Deputy PM saiddeaths among children in 2017 were mainly caused by traffic accidents. 

It is the responsibility ofall to protect and care for children, and raise their awareness of trafficsafety, he said, stressing the UN General Assembly’s goal of reducing globalroad traffic deaths by half by 2020. 

Binh asked ministries,agencies and localities to take solutions to ensure traffic safety in order toraise public awareness, especially among young people, aiming to cuttingtraffic accidents by 5-10 percent, in terms of cases, fatalities andinjuries. 

The numbers of deaths andinjuries among children in 2018 should drop by 10 percent against the previousyear, he said. 

Besides, efforts should bedoubled to ease traffic jams in big cities, particularly Hanoi and Ho Chi MinhCity, the official added.

Regardingbuild-operate-transfer (BOT) projects, Binh underlined the need to ensure thetransparent implementation of the projects and select capable and experiencedinvestors to ensure their quality and prevent public protest, causing trafficdisorder.


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