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Vietnam targets halving road traffic injuries by 2020

Vietnam has set a target to halve the number of injuries caused by road traffic accidents by 2020 compared to 2010, said Khuat Viet Hung, Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee.

Hung mentioned the goal at a conference on road traffic accidents jointly held by the National Traffic Safety Committee and the World Health Organisation in Hanoi on Thursday.

Vietnam targets halving road traffic injuries by 2020

Vietnam has set a target to halve the number of injuries caused by road traffic accidents by 2020

The event focused on discussing international experiences in ensuring traffic safety and Vietnam's solutions to attract financial resources from foreign financial organisations as well as non-governmental organisations for the country's traffic safety programmes.

Speaking at the conference, the committee chairman Khuat Viet Hung said Vietnam has been trying to half the number of injuries caused by road traffic accidents by 2020 against 2010.

Road traffic accidents are the leading cause of young people's fatalities in the world, Hung added.

According to Hung, the country has paid more attention to transport infrastructure development; raising public awareness of traffic safety and training on rescue work on traffic accidents.

Vietnam will continue to finalise regulations on traffic safety; focus on more public transport, while reducing using private vehicles.

Socorro Escalante, head of WHO in Vietnam, said that Vietnam has made considerable efforts to ensure traffic safety such as regulations on wearing helmets and using alcohol when driving.

Road accidents kill around 9,000 people in Vietnam every year – almost 25 deaths per day – and leave hundreds of thousands of others with life-long injuries.

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