While the COVID-19 coronavirus is having devastating effects around the world, there is one small bright spot to report.

A study shows that both collisions and fatalities have dropped dramatically in Vietnam’s largest city since the lockdowns began. Major cities in Vietnam saw a drastic drop in traffic-related accidents. Due to the effects of the spreading COVID-19, most Vietnamese travel less. As a result, the roads are less congested, leading to fewer motor vehicle collisions and fewer injuries from collisions with cars and bicycles.

Anyway, Vietnam’s largest business center, HCMC, is going to take serious steps to improve road safety. cents this year.

“The transportation sector plays a major role in the plans for the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the socio-economic recovery plans of the city.”

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It developed fast, flexible and effective solutions to ensure smooth circulation of essential goods and transportation of people, and pandemic prevention works to avoid the risk of supply chain disruption, he said.

The city would prioritize transportation infrastructure development in 2021-25, he promised.

Several major ongoing projects were due to be completed shortly and work on many others would begin by the end of this year.

The city also wanted to resume work on Ring Road No. 2, starting this year on Ring Road No. 3.

It would continue to upgrade the smart traffic control and operations center, which would help detect congestion and reduce the need for traffic police officers on site.

The center’s staff could also operate the traffic lights and alert the police in the event of an accident.

The head of the city traffic safety committee, Nguyễn Vũ Hạnh Phúc, said the transport infrastructure system and road safety would be improved.

The city still had four so-called black spots where frequent accidents occurred and 19 traffic jams, he said.

Last year, the city recorded 1,784 traffic accidents, 477 deaths and 1,042 injuries, a big improvement from the previous year.

“This was the fifth consecutive year that the city saw a drop in all three criteria,” Phúc said.

The number of road accidents fell sharply last year, thanks in part to four months of social distancing and travel restrictions due to the pandemic.

This year, the Road Safety Committee launched the campaign with the theme ‘Building a safe traffic culture related to effectively managing the COVID-19 pandemic’.

The campaign aims to raise public awareness of road safety, reduce accidents and casualties, reduce congestion, improve safety management and control, strengthen patrols and counter infringements, and prevent the pandemic spreads through transportation activities.

By VNS. This story was first posted on Vietnam News



Source: Vietnam Insider

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