Traffic accidents kill 6,012 people in nine months
Updated : Saturday, September 29, 2018 10:21 AM (GMT+0700)

Atotal of 13,242 traffic accidents occurred in the past nine months, killing6,012 people and injuring 10,319 others, reported the National Committee forTraffic Safety.

 
The scene of a road accident - Photo: VNA

The figures representedyear-on-year decreases of 7.8, 1.84, and 12.45 percent, respectively.

During the nine-monthperiod, road accidents accounted for 98.58 percent of the total cases andcaused 97.8 percent of deaths and 99.47 percent of the injured.

Rail accidents followed,with 114 cases, 94 people deaths, and 49 injured people.

In September (calculatedfrom August 16 to September 15) alone, the entire nation witnessed 1,460accidents, leaving 646 people dead and 1,119 injured. 

Compared to September 2017,the number of cases and injured people reduced by 7.42 and 12.44 percent,respectively, while that of deaths increased 4.19 percent.

Losses caused by trafficaccidents in Vietnam amount to 50 trillion VND (over 2.12 billion USD) eachyear, equivalent to 30 percent of budget spending on education, or 1. 5 millionpeople going without income for the whole year. 

The information was releasedat a ceremony on September 27 for the signing of a cooperation agreementbetween the National Traffic Safety Committee and the Vietnam Association ofMotorcycle Manufacturers (VAMM). 

2018 is the fourth year thatthe National Traffic Safety Committee and the VAMM have joined hands to addressissues related to traffic safety in the country through communication campaignsand research. 

In particular, the resultsand recommendations of the five research projects funded by VAMM research fundhave provided useful reference for the National Traffic Safety Committee andrelated agencies in designing policies and measures to improve traffic safety. 

This year, the two sideslaunched a film contest on traffic safety entitled “I know, I change”.

Source:VNA

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