Releasing doves at the requiem (Source: VNA)

Binh Duong (VNA) - A grand requiem for traffic accident victims was held at Hoi An Pagoda in Thu Dau city, southern Binh Duong province, on November 11 with the view of easing the pain of losing relatives of the bereaved families.

The function, with the participation of over 10,000 Buddhist monks and followers and people, was jointly held by the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and the National Committee for Traffic Safety.

At the requiem, Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The, Head of the National Committee for Traffic Safety, called on all central and local relevant agencies, organisations and people to improve their road sense and adherence to traffic safety regulations. 

According to Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Thanh Liem, the event also aims to warn traffic participants to observe traffic safety regulations, thus to ensure safety for themselves and others.

The requiem, the six of its kind in Vietnam, is part of activities in response to the World Day in Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (the third Sunday of November) launched by the UN.

From January to October this year, traffic accidents nationwide claimed 6,800 lives and injured 11,785 others.-VNA