Number of deaths from road accidents decreased in 47 localities (15:16 24/07/2019)

HNP - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc presided over an online conference on July 22 in Ha Noi  reviewing activities to ensure traffic safety in the first half and implement tasks in the second half of the year. Other officials were in attendance, including Permanent Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of National Traffic Safety Committee Truong Hoa Binh and leaders of ministries, Central government’s bodies. Vice Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen The Hung was present as Hanoi’s representative.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivers speech.

According to Standing Vice Chairman of of National Traffic Safety Committee Khuat Viet Hung, in the first six months of 2019 (from December 15, 2018 to June 14, 2019),  8,385 traffic accidents occurred in Vietnam, killing 3,810 people and injured 6,358 others. The number of accidents, deaths and injuries is decreased in comparison to the first half of 2018 by 7.1%, 7.55% and 9.65%, respectively. 47 localities see year-on-year decrease and 11 localities witness year-on-year increase of deaths.

In the past six months, traffic police officers handled around 2 million cases of violations, fined over VND1.2 trillion, seized driving licenses of 163,990 people, and temporarily seized more than 292,000 vehicles.78,117 cases of drunk driving were detected, and 239 drivers tested positive for drugs.

207,000 new cars and over 1.63 million motorcycles were registered nationwide; total number of registered vehicles now reaches over 4.17 cars and around 61.3 million motorcycles.

The popularization, education of law and building of traffic culture are taken comprehensively, widely and deeply, drawing participation of ministries, localities, unions, press agencies and social network communities. Highlight of the activities was the walk to call for actions against drunk driving, which drew participation of Permanent Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of National Traffic Safety Committee Truong Hoa Binh and over 10,000 people.

Despite of the progresses, traffic situation still sees complicated developments. There were 19 especially serious traffic accident cases, killing 73 people and injuring 87 others.
In the near future, Ministry of Public Security will increase patrol and control, detect and severely punish violations which directly cause traffic accidents, such as speeding, drunk driving, not wearing seatbelt on car or helmets when driving; launch campaign to ensure traffic safety and order in rush hours, and campaign targeting  risky target subjects (drivers of trucks, container trucks and motorcyclists).

Furthermore, the ministry will review and supplement regulations on re-examination in case of re-issuing driving license, increase effort to ensure traffic safety and order in BOT toll stations, and fulfill the plan of handling black spots on highways in 2019.

In conclusion, the PM emphasized the importance of human life, and required more effort to reduce traffic accidents.

He urged the Ministry of Transport and Minister of Justice to complete proposal on amending Law on Road Traffic, Law on Handling Administrative Violations with more severe punishment, and tighten control over transport business, registration, driving training and test, enhance popularization and education of law compliance, and develop public transport system to meet people’s demand.
Ministry of Public Security was asked to improve capacity and efficiency of officers, tighten control over transport, and apply information technology in management.

By Mai Phuong

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