Traffic fatalities commemorated in HCM City - Website Ho Chi Minh City
A memorial service was held at Vinh Nghiem pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City on November 9 for the victims of fatal road accidents.
The event, jointly organised by the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) and the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS), is part of the World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Traffic Accidents, which falls on the third Sunday of November.
The ceremony saw the participation of thousands of Buddhist monks, nuns, believers and relatives of traffic accident victims.
Addressing the memorial service, Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang called upon agencies at all levels, organisations, and members of the public to raise awareness on the regulations on traffic safety and order, and share the grief suffered by the victims’ families.
Thich Thien Nhon, Acting Chairman of the VBS Executive Committee, called upon traffic participants to respect traffic laws and drive carefully to prevent accidents.
Road accidents kill 1.3 million people every year the world over, a figure which is expected to reach 1.8-1.9 million in the near future.
In Vietnam , 9,000 people die in road accidents every year, almost 25 deaths per day. According to NTSC statistics, during the first 10 months of the year, road accidents killed 7,000 people and injured many more.