A report at a meeting Tuesday to review traffic safety month -- September – said while the number of accidents had fallen, the number of deaths was up by 14.
The number of fatalities during the traffic safety month was the highest for this year, with the biggest increases seen in border districts like 2, 7, 12, Binh Tan, Thu Duc, Binh Chanh, and Can Gio.
Le Hoang Quan, chairman of the city people’s committee, who chaired the meeting, criticized the leaders of some districts with a large number of fatalities for failing to understand the government’s decree No. 88 on strengthening traffic safety measures.
Experts said accidents in the city were mainly caused by poor awareness of traffic laws.
Encroachment of roads by vendors and shops in places like the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe Canal also contributed to the increase in accidents, Quan said, adding that local authorities would be held responsible for this.
He also urged the authorities to approve funds to buy necessary equipment for the traffic police like speed guns and breathalyzers.
Colonel Ngo Minh Chau, deputy director of the city police, said a citywide hotline would be set up to combat illegal street racing which was becoming rampant.
“All authorities have their own responsibilities in reducing accidents. Every month is a traffic safety month,” Quan said.