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Traffic accidents tend to fall

Van Ly
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Traffic accidents tend to fall

Van Ly

HANOI – The number of traffic accidents and road deaths has gone down by 19.5% and 7% annually since 2011, heard an international seminar on traffic safety and solutions for motorbike commuting.

At the seminar in Hanoi on Tuesday, part of an annual meeting of the Federation of Asian Motorcycle Industries (FAMI), Khuat Viet Hung, vice chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, said economic development and urbanization have brought not only opportunities but also transport-related challenges including traffic accidents and congestion in major cities.

Since 2011, there have been 158,130 road accidents nationwide killing 48,020 people.

The road traffic fatality rate has edged down from 12.97 per 100,000 people in 2011 to 9.68 in 2015. Thus, Vietnam has obtained the target of reducing the traffic-related death rate to below 10 per 100,000 people.

Traffic congestion in large cities such as HCMC and Hanoi City has been also eased. In Vietnam, road density, measured by the length of road for every square kilometer of land, is 0.3 kilometer and the total length of road per 1,000 people is 1.12 kilometers.

Pham Viet Cong from the Traffic Police General Department under the Ministry of Public Security said the department has enhanced traffic inspection and increased penalties on violations to raise public awareness.

In 2016 alone, there were 33,320 cases of traffic law violations and accidents on the roads equipped with surveillance cameras. The department detected and fined 180,000 DWI (driving while intoxicated) cases, 820,930 speeding cases and 84,500 truck overload cases.

The seminar also reported that Vietnam has 3.2 million cars and 49 million motorcycles. There are 22 cars for every 1,000 people while the figure is 516 for motorbikes.

Annual growth in autos and motorcycles in circulation is significant with 7.3% and 6.5% respectively. However, auto growth in large cities outpaces that of motorbike growth, at 15% against nearly 10%, Hung added.

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