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Success in curbing traffic fatalities

Released at: 10:56, 17/11/2015

Success in curbing traffic fatalities

Road toll reduced to less than MDG but short of figures in 2012 Party Congress resolution.

by Hoang Anh

A government report on traffic presented to the 10th session of National Assembly XIII stated that Vietnam’s population is estimated at approximately 91.9 million people and 8,691 people died in traffic accidents in the first nine months of this year.

Traffic-related fatalities average 9.46 per 100,000 people this year, with Vietnam therefore successfully reaching the UN’s Millennium Development Goal of cutting the proportion to less than ten.

Some delegates, however, noted that the goal contained in Resolution No. 21 from the Party Congress in 2012 on reducing the number of traffic fatalities by between 5 and 10 per cent annually has not been reached.

According to figures from the National Traffic Safety Committee, there were 25,322 accidents nationwide killing 8,996 people in 2014, a decline of 4 per cent, or 373 fatalities, against 2013. The 2013 figure was, in turn, 55 less than in 2012.

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