The number of traffic accidents has fallen in the first six months this year but the situation still remains complicated.
Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the committee and its members at all levels to hold the Remembrance Day in Vietnam and take effective measures to ensure traffic safety.
This year, this special event will be held on November 19 instead of November 18 as originally planned.
The day, which coincides with the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, aims to acknowledge victims of road traffic accidents and their families, highlight the severe consequences of traffic problems, and raise public awareness of the issue.
The first Day of Remembrance was initiated in 1993 by Road Peace and in 2005 the United Nations General Assembly recognised it as a global day to be observed on the third Sunday in November every year.
Nearly 3,500 people worldwide die on the roads every day and around 100,000 are injured, resulting in great losses for victims’ families and society.
In Vietnam, 18,000 traffic accidents were reported across country during the first six months of 2012, leaving 5,000 dead and 20,000 injured. The number of accidents during this time fell by 5,000, with 1,000 fewer deaths and 5,500 fewer injuries compared to the same period last year.