The Episcopal Council of the Catholic Church of Vietnam and the National Traffic Safety Committee signed a communication programme that allows them to work closely in promoting traffic safety in society.

At the signing ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on November 9, HCM City Archbishop Bui Van Doc, who is Chairman of the Episcopal Council, underlined the humanitarian significance of the programme since it was designed to popularise traffic laws, regulations on traffic safety and order and culture for road participants, including Catholic dignitaries and followers.

Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang, who is Permanent Vice Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, worried that fatal traffic accidents involved a large number of road users have yet to be avoided, leaving behind tragedies in many families.

He emphasised the requirement for State agencies, social organisations and also religious sects to redouble efforts and work together in measures to encourage road users to drive carefully, thus reducing fatal accidents significantly.

On the same day in HCM City, a memorial service was held at Vinh Nghiem pagoda for the victims of fatal road accidents.

The event, jointly organised by the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) and the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS), is part of the World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Traffic Accidents, which falls on the third Sunday of November.

Road accidents kill 1.3 million people every year the world over, a figure which is expected to reach 1.8-1.9 million in the near future.

In Vietnam, 9,000 people die in road accidents every year, almost 25 deaths per day.

According to the National Traffic Safety Committee statistics, during the first 10 months of the year, road accidents killed 7,000 people and injured many more.-VNA