This year, dubbed Traffic Safety Year, will see more drastic measures taken to re-establish traffic safety rules across the country and prevent traffic jams in big cities, said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Despite the efforts of authorities at different levels, traffic accidents and jams had become more and more serious, he said at a ceremony launching the year's action plan in Ha Noi yesterday.

One focus would be strengthening education to improve residents' awareness of traffic safety. This should be considered a vital task for schools and families.

Phuc also requested that agencies and sectors intensify their patrol to hand out stricter punishments for traffic violations.

"The police should take the initiative to ensure traffic safety," he said./.