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Nha Trang sets up team to help tourists cross street

Monday, November 17, 2014, 10:27 GMT+7

Nha Trang, in central Vietnam’s Khanh Hoa Province, on Sunday launched a team at several spots to help tourists, mostly foreigners, cross a number of its major streets safely.

According to Phung Sam, head of Nha Trang City’s urban security management volunteer team, for now his team has been deployed at six spots on Tran Phu Street, one of the city’s largest streets which leads to the beaches, starting November 16.

The team members will help tourists cross the street to reach the beaches, and the other way around.

Foreigners, particularly first-time holidaymakers to Vietnam, are generally shocked at and deterred by the country’s chaotic traffic and the recklessness of many local drivers. 

The spots have been set up at areas with a high concentration of hotels, which are mostly located in alleys, as several hotels on Tran Phu’s streetfront use their own employees to help their clients cross the street, Sam added.

The effort aims at ensuring tourists’ safety, creating a good impression of a safe, hospitable resort city, and boosting locals’ awareness of the need to slow down and make way for pedestrians to safely cross at zebra crossings, Sam noted.  

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