Traffic accidents kill an average of 30 people every day in Vietnam, according to the latest figures released by the National Committee for Traffic Safety.

The report, which covered the first half of the year, showed that 90 percent of traffic accidents were caused by human error and 2 percent because of infrastructure problems. Forty-seven percent of the accidents involved people aged 20-29.

“The city’s People’s Committee has asked all 24 districts to take measures to reduce the number of accidents,” said Le Hoang Quan, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City ’s People Committee.

Since the beginning of this year, 520 traffic accidents in HCM City have killed 443 people and injured 283 others, with an average of 2.3 person dying each day.

“The number of serious accidents has sharply increased in comparison with the same period last year. Most accidents occur from 7pm to 2am, and most victims are young people,” said Sr. Lt Col. Ngo Minh Chau, deputy director of the city’s Public Security Department.

“Traffic police should increase patrols a night and add more equipment like alcohol concentration and speed-indictator device. The Transport Department must fix all unsafe equipment speedily, and authorities should raise public awareness about traffic responsibility,” Quan said.

Roads where accidents frequently occur will be closely watched, and control by traffic police will be strengthened to discover vehicles, including autos and boats, that are too old and not permitted to operate under current law.

A basic survey to discover how students, young workers and residents follow traffic laws will be carried out./.