19 Nov Traffic accidents kill almost 1,100 people a month in Viet Nam
Traffic accidents claimed the lives of 10,892 people in the year’s first 10 months, an average figure of almost 1,100 accident deaths a month, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.
The death toll is 456 fatalities, higher than this time last year, not to mention 9,124 injured in 12,128 traffic accidents.
In October alone, as many as 1,095 traffic accidents occurred, killing 973 people and injuring 733 others. In these, the railways claimed 35 cases, and rivers claimed 16, with eight occurring at sea and the remainder on roads.
The traffic committee reports that Vietnam now has close to 21.2 million motorbikes and more than 1 million automobiles under registration.
In October, about 270,000 motorbikes and 14,650 autos were registered.
The Government has asked all sectors and agencies to reduce the number of accidents by raising awareness on traffic laws and driver responsibilities.