Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has urged people nationwide to strictly abide by road traffic safety laws to reduce the number of injuries and lives lost.

The Deputy PM made the call at a launch campaign in Hanoi on May 11, in response to the United Nations Global Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

The campaign reflects the Vietnamese Government and people’s determination to respond to the goal of the decade, to reduce road traffic accidents and maintain worldwide stability and sustainable development, he said.

He said he believed events held in Vietnam and other countries across the world would help raise people’s awareness of traffic safety laws.

Minister of Transport and Communications and President of the National Traffic Safety Committee Ho Nghia Dung said the nation has only been able to reduce traffic accidents since 2003 with unstable results.

According to the ministry, in 2010, more than 14,440 accidents occurred in the nation, killing almost 11,450 people and injuring more than 10,630 others. Road accidents claimed 11,060 lives and injured 10,306 others.

To respond to the UN initiative’s goal, the ministry has devised a national strategy to ensure road traffic safety until 2020 and a vision for 2030./.