Over 600 people are killed monthly in traffic accidents nation-wide according to a report released at a meeting held by the National Traffic Safety Committee on Wednesday.
According to the committee, although the number of traffic accidents and deaths and injuries had fallen considerably in Vietnam, there were still 1,905 people killed and 3,141 other injured in 4,030 accidents in the first three months of 2019.
Compared to the same period of 2018, the number of accidents fell by 644 or 13.78%, number of deaths fell by 244 or 11.35%, and injuries by 486 or 13.4%, the report said.
Some provinces which saw the highest number of accidents included Gia Lai, Thua Thien Hue, Long An, Hai Duong, Thanh Hoa, Dong Thap, and Vinh Phuc.
The reports showed that most of the accidents were caused by violations on lanes (23.31%), and speed 8.15%).
Addressing the meeting, Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh who is chairman of the committee said that traffic safety situation was still a big problem in the country with many issues needed to be dealt with.
“In the first quarter of this year, 19 provinces reported rising number of traffic accidents compared to the same period last year,” he said. “Some serious accidents occurred including one in which a passenger bus crashed into a funeral and caused seven deaths and five injuries in Vinh Phuc Province. Traffic jams are also a headache for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.”
Binh urged relevant agencies to closely look at and deal with each problem to improve traffic safety in the country in the second quarter.
“One of the biggest tasks we set now is to reduce the number of accidents caused by drunk and drug-positive drivers,” he said. We have seen an increasing number of tragic accidents recently caused by these drivers.”