From Hanoi, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen The Hung, and representatives of relevant departments and agencies attended the event.
Giving a report at the meeting, Vice Chairman of the National Committee on Traffic Safety Khuat Viet Hung said that, a total 6,790 traffic accidents were reported nationwide in the first six months of 2020, killing 3,242 people and injuring 4,939 others.
Particularly, the number of accidents reduced by 1,595 cases (or 19.02%), deaths by 568 (or 14.91%), and injuries decreased by 1,419 (or 22.32%) compared to the same period last year, Hung stated, noting that the number of the serious accidents with multiple casualties, however, remains high.
Concerning road traffic, Hung informed that during the January - June period, traffic police detected and penalized 401,000 people with the total fine of more VND290 billion (over US$12.3 million) while working hard to ensure traffic safety on railways and inland waterways.
Making a statement at the meeting, Vice Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen The Hung said that Hanoi saw sharp decrease in road traffic accidents regarding number of cases, deaths and injuries in the first half of the year.
According to him, from December 15, 2019 to June 14, 2020, 473 traffic accidents occurred across the city, claiming 207 lives, injuring 302 people. In comparison with the same period last year, Hanoi witnessed a fall of 167 cases (or 26.09%) in the number of road traffic accidents, the number of deaths dropped by 58 (or 21.89%) and injuries reduced by 105 (or 25.08%).
Since the beginning of 2020, the municipal People’s Committee has collaborated with the National Committee for Traffic Safety in launching the Traffic Safety Year 2020 with the theme “No to drinking driving”.
The municipal authorities asked the police to conduct inspection of road vehicles between May 15 to June 14, with the focus on monitoring, detecting and handling acts of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
In the first months of the year, local policemen cracked down on 198,668 violation cases of traffic regulations, collecting the total fine of over VND110 billion (roughly US$4.7 million). The task force also seized nearly 9,860 vehicles, and withdrew the driving licenses of 8,195 lawbreakers.
While, interdisciplinary inspection teams detected and punished 122 cases related to drink-driving and 151 related to using narcotics.
Vice Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen The Hung makes a statement at the meeting.
Hung took the occasion to propose the Ministry of Transport to soon put into operation Cat Linh – Ha Dong railway line, and accelerate the construction of Ring Road 3 (Mai Dich - Thang Long Bridge section) so as to reduce traffic congestion in the area.
Concluding the meeting, Permanent Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh praised the positive traffic safety outcomes in the first six months.
However, he noted that traffic safety situation in the country remains complicated, especially as many serious traffic accidents still occur.
Binh urged ministries, ministerial-level agencies and localities to take stronger measures to ensure traffic order and safety, reduce traffic jams, effectively realize the Traffic Safety Year 2020, tighten management of driving schools, enhance inspection and strictly handle drivers who drive under the influence of drugs.