More than 9,800 traffic accidents claimed the lives of 5,496 people and left 6,973 others injured in Vietnam in the year to October, according to statistics announced at a ceremony held on Sunday evening in Hoa Binh Province, northern Vietnam in remembrance of those killed in the crashes.
Speaking at the remembrance service, Minister of Transport Nguyen Van Thang expressed his condolences to the families of the traffic accident victims.
Every day, many people leave home, but never come back or suffer permanent disabilities due to traffic accidents, which send lots of affected families into tragic situations.
Losses caused by traffic accidents are irreparable, said Thang, who is also permanent vice-chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee.
Due to traffic accidents, thousands of families were hurt, husbands and wives were separated, and many children were orphaned, he added.
Such tragedies negatively affect the country’s socio-economic growth and make some people nervous whenever they have to drive.
The top transport official called for specific actions to curb the number of traffic accidents, including strict compliance with traffic rules.
He asked authorities at all levels to take more drastic moves to improve the effectiveness of state management in ensuring traffic safety, with the aim of protecting the lives and health of the people.
Minister Thang called on people to strictly follow traffic rules and join hands to build a safe traffic environment.