The National Traffic Safety Committee reported that 8,385 traffic accidents were recorded in the first six months of this year, killing 3,810 people and injuring 6,358 others. The figures dropped as compared with the same period last year. Traffic police handled nearly two million cases of traffic violations, with fines exceeding VND1.2 trillion (US$51.6 million), 163,990 driving licences confiscated and 292,000 vehicles seized.
In Quang Nam, 103 accidents occurred in the whole province, killing 80 people and injuring 54 people. Compared to the same period last year, the number of cases decreased by 6 (down 5.5%), reducing 6 deaths (decreasing by 6.97%) and reducing 16 injured (down by 22.9%).
Speaking at the conference, he lauded smart traffic management centres established by cities which exchange data with relevant agencies.The infrastructure quality should be improved in order to meet the rapid development of vehicles, focusing on major facilities like elevated railway and metro. Drastic measures are needed to accelerate the implementation of the non-stop toll collection model, he said, noting that the better communication work, especially among youths, would help to raise public awareness of traffic safety.