Victims of road traffic accidents will be remembered during a month of commemorative activities to be held across Vietnam for the first time, with a budget of 15 billion VND (720,000 USD).

The National Committee on Traffic Safety announced in Hanoi on Oct. 23 that the country organises the activities in response to the World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Traffic Accidents, which falls on the third Sunday of November.

The activities will aim to warn of the causes and serious consequences of traffic accidents, raise public awareness of traffic laws and help to realise the National Assembly's target of reducing traffic accidents by 5-10 percent each year.

The National Committee on Traffic Safety will coordinate with the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha to arrange a requiem for the peace of victims' souls at the Vietnam Buddhism Academy on November 10. More than 500 monks are expected to take part in the event.

The committee officials will also visit victim's families from November 10-19 this year.

On average, 25 people have died each day in Vietnam from traffic accidents this year, a 17 percent reduction on previous years.

In the first nine months of 2012, 23,200 traffic accidents were reported across the country, leaving 6,657 dead and 2,681 injured.-VNA