Nation mourns traffic victims with televised ceremony

A national remembrance event for traffic accident victims, organised by the National Committee for Traffic Safety, was held and broadcast live nationwide on November 19 in Hanoi.

Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed that everyone knew the devastating effects of traffic accidents and every single Vietnamese citizen had to realise the consequences they had on the lives of every family and the country's development.

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He called on all Government agencies, localities and organisations to strive towards making Vietnam's roads better and safer.

"We need to voluntarily follow traffic regulations so there are less cases of children losing fathers and mothers and families losing loved ones, and we call on everyone to pray for the victims and their families," he said.

On average, 30 people die each day in the country, and Vietnam has the 11th highest fatality rate globally from traffic accidents.

According to official government statistics, traffic accidents killed nearly 11,400 people in 2011 and injured more than 48,730.

In the first nine months of this year, the number of deaths reached 6,923 and nearly 25,000 people were injured.

VNS/VOV online