Traffic accidents rise in HCM City, attributed to poor awareness

Published: 02/06/2011 05:00



Many traffic accidents have been reported in HCM City in the last few days, killing tens of people.

“I read the news about fatal traffic accidents in newspapers every day. Whether our law is still gentle on those who cause serious traffic accidents?” said Ms. Thu Hien from District 12, HCM City.

Traffic accidents are now a headache for HCM City authorities. The number of traffic accident cases and victims rose sharply within the city in recent months, with 257 cases in the first three months, killing 219 and injuring 165. In comparison with the same period of last year, it increases nearly 15 percent in the number of cases, nearly 25 percent for dead victims and 87.5 percent for injured victims.

Nguyen Ngoc Tuong, Vice Chief of HCM City Traffic Safety Board, said that the main reason for this is the poor awareness of local people in observing the traffic rules.

“Drivers speed, cross the red light and run in the opposite direction, etc. It is poor awareness of the traffic laws, not poor traffic organization,” Tuong emphasized.

According to Cuong, many accidents occurred from 6 to 12 pm and many violators drank before driving.

He added that many serious accidents happened on national highways since trucks, dump trucks and container trucks run on these roads, at high speed.

However, Tuong admitted that traffic organization in HCM City is not appropriate, many sign posts are unclear and lack of street lamps at some places.

HCM City is checking “black pots” where many accidents happened to have suitable measures.

Saigonese violate traffic rules:

Three young men ride on a motorbike. They don’t wear helmets and

cross the red light on National Highway 1A.

This man crossed the red light, in front of the Linh Xuan Industrial Zone in Thu Duc District.

Many students climb over the fence on National Highway 1A,

in front of the Song Than Industrial Zone.

This man sits on the fence on Highway 13.

Neglecting the ban sign, some young people cross the railway.

Even police officers also violate traffic rules on Ha Noi Highway.

Selling goods and driving motorbikes in the lane for cars.

Running in the opposite direction.

Police officers fine traffic rule violators.


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