Paticipants pray for the soul of traffic accident victims. Photo: VNA
Nam Dinh, (VNA) – Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang called for stronger public awareness about traffic safety rules during a requiem for traffic accident victims at Truc Lam Thien Truong Zen Monastery in the northern province of Nam Dinh on November 8.

Traffic accidents kill 24 people and seriously injure more than 60 others every day, causing hundreds of families endless pain, he said, adding that this also puts a heavy burden on the State budget, threatens economic growth and hurts the nation’s image.

The Minister, who is also Deputy Head of the National Traffic Safety Committee, called on agencies, organisations and individuals to share the victims’ families’ loss and ease their difficulties.

Meanwhile, Monk Thich Thanh Nhieu, Deputy Chairman of Vietnam Buddhist Sangha’s Executive Committee, warned that just one moment of negligence or failure to abide by traffic safety law could cause serious consequences for drivers and those around them.

In the first 10 months of this year, traffic accidents took the lives of more than 7,000 people and disabled hundreds of others, he noted.

He highlighted the need to deal with the alarming situation by improving people’s responsibility in respecting and observing traffic laws.

The requiem, the fourth of its kind so far, is a chance for people to remind themselves and others to act responsibly and do everything they can to make traffic in Vietnam safer and more civilised.

On the occasion, the National Traffic Safety Committee presented 10 gifts worth 2 million VND each to families of traffic accident victims.-VNA