Thirty people die each day in Vietnam as a result of traffic accidents.
According to official statistics released by the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC), a further 11,400 people were killed in 2011 alone, making Vietnam the 11th highest country for traffic-related fatalities in the world.
For the first time, the NTSC have organised a national remembrance ceremony to commemorate the thousands upon thousands of lives that have been lost on Vietnam’s chaotic roads.
The ceremony, which has been broadcasted live across the nation from Hanoi, seeks to raise awareness of traffic safety and implore community sympathy for traffic victims’ families.
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, chairman of the NTSC Truong Thi Mai, chairwoman of the National Assembly’s Committee for Social Issues, and Dinh La Thang, Transport Minister, and Lieutenant-General Pham Quy Ngo, Deputy Minister of Public Security attended.
Although traffic regulations are in place throughout Vietnam, they are largely ignored.