Almost 300 photos to promote road safety will be put on display in public areas, including Hanoi Railway Station, Giap Bat Bus Station in the southern city of Bac Ninh and the Maritime University in the port city of Hai Phong.

The event, launched on Sept. 1, was jointed hosting by the Department of Road and Railway Traffic Police and the standing Office of the National Transport Safety Committee.

Themed “Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020”, showcased photos capture activities designed to ensure traffic safety order and highlight traffic offences, some cases of heart-rending accidents, along with slogans calling on road users to strictly observe traffic regulations.

In the framework of the exhibition, a range of other activities such as mobile propaganda and film screenings to provide education on traffic safety will be organised around the exhibit areas, increasing awareness of the highway traffic laws for drivers, especially students and motorbike drivers.

According to the International Transportation Safety Association’s statistics, about 1.2 million people died and 50 million were injured by traffic accidents worldwide each year. Of that number, fatalities in Asia accounted for 50 percent.

Traffic accidents were the major cause of death for males under 25 years of age. These accidents also cost from 2-3 percent of Gross Domestic Product for countries around the world.

In Vietnam , there were more than 11,000 road traffic accidents, killing 12,000 people each year. The high level of traffic accidents seriously threatened the sustainable development of society./.