Various activities to commemorate traffic accident victims

Tuesday, 2019-11-12 10:32:45
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A requiem to commemorate traffic victims held in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province last August.
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NDO – A range of activities to commemorate traffic accident victims will be held across the nation this November, as Vietnam plans to observe the 2019 World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Traffic Accidents.

The information was announced at a press brief held by the National Traffic Safety Committee in collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee in the southern economic hub on November 12.

Accordingly, the main activity among a series of events this year is a national-level ceremony for traffic accident victims taking place on Sunday morning (November 17) on Le Duan Street (from Nam Ky Khoi Nghia to Pasteur Streets, District 1) in Ho Chi Minh City. The activity aims to warn people about traffic accidents in Vietnam and raise public awareness and responsibility in the observance of the Road Traffic Law and preventing traffic accidents.

Along with that, other response activities are planed across the country. The National Traffic Safety Committee in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Training and other relevant units will organise communication activities, such as taking a minute’s silence and reading the messages to commemorate traffic accident victims at the flag-saluting ceremony in schools, as well as visiting and encouraging victims’ families and organising requiems.

According to the National Traffic Safety Commission, traffic accidents continue to be a pressing global issue with 1.3 million deaths, 50 million injuries and 2% of GDP loss (more than US$1.5 trillion) per year.

Khuat Viet Hung, Vice President in charge of the National Traffic Safety Committee, said that with various synchronous solutions by the Government and the involvement of the whole political system and the society, there will be many changes in minimising traffic accidents in Vietnam in the near future.

Since 2005, the United Nations has selected the third Sunday of November every year as the World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Traffic Accidents and Vietnam has observed the event since 2012.