An accident site (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the Ministry of Transport to pay due attention to researching and rolling out measures to ensure traffic safety, and improving the quality of transport infrastructure facilities.

Speaking at the third Vietnam Traffic Safety Conference in Hanoi on November 26, the Deputy PM agreed with the national master plan on applying information technology to ensure traffic order and safety.

He spoke highly of measures put forward by scientists aiming to curb traffic accidents, saying that scientific and technological solutions play an important role in supporting State management in the field.

He also showed concern about complicated developments in traffic safety and order, and problems such as quality of infrastructure, State management, traffic violation instructions and settlements, and low awareness of traffic safety, which are said to be the main causes of traffic accidents.

During the conference, participants discussed and analysed scientific research outcomes and shared experiences in ensuring traffic safety, as well as application possibilities , thus contributing to building the State’s management policies and promoting technological application to ensure traffic safety in Vietnam.

Reports presented at the conference focused on traffic safety management, transport infrastructure, means of transport, traffic participants, post-traffic accident response , aviation, waterway traffic safety, and the building of a national database on traffic safety.

They also mentioned shortcomings of the transport sector such traffic accidents, loading capacity control, drink driving, mass-traffic accident response on expressways and issues handling traffic violations.

The National Committee for Traffic Safety said the country has witnessed remarkable decreases in the number of traffic accidents, traffic facilities and injuries from 2012 to 2014.

In 2015, the number of traffic accidents, and injuries and deaths from traffic accidents dropped 51 percent, 60 percent and 24 percent, respectively, compared with four years earlier.

Attendees concurred that it is necessary to control drink-driving, as nearly 60 percent of traffic accidents were caused by alcohol consumption.

They also agreed on the plan to expand camera systems on key highways and national roads.-VNA