Activities marking the start of the Traffic Safety Year 2016 (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– Activities to mark the start of the Traffic Safety Year 2016 took place in Hanoi on January 9, which aims to raise public awareness of observance of traffic rules.

The event was also to improve efficiency of State management, as well as enhancing the effectiveness and discipline of duty enforcement forces in ensuring traffic safety.

Vietnam aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by traffic accidents by between 5-10 percent this year, lower the number of serious traffic accidents on railways and inland waterways, and ease traffic congestion in big cities, especially in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, expressed his joy at positive results in ensuring traffic safety nationwide in recent times, stressing that the work requires the involvement and extra determination of all Ministries, sectors and localities in the time ahead.

Ensuring traffic safety is the key work of 2016 - as well as in the 2016-2020 period, he affirmed.

The Deputy PM, who is also head of the National Traffic Safety Committee, urged Ministries, sectors and localities to strictly implement the official telegram No. 2313/CD-TTg on ensuring order and traffic safety, aiming to ensuring security and social order and safety for the upcoming 12th National Party Congress, and during the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

He underlined the need to arrange enough forces for patrolling and handling traffic violations. It is important to build plans and take effective measures to maintain traffic order and safety, he said.

Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung affirmed the city’s determination to realise its objectives for traffic safety in 2016, saying that the capital city will gather all resources to fulfill targets set for the year.

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

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