Việt Nam is going to promulgate legal documents in 2013 to ban state officials from drinking beer and alcohol in the afternoon of workdays, according to Nguyễn Xuân Phúc — deputy Prime Minister and chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee.
The prohibition is to have double effect – the prevention of waste of money and time and the contribution to enhancing traffic safety, Phuc said at the conference held yesterday in Hà Nội to review traffic safety in 2013 and work out plans for 2013.
The Committee revealed at the meeting that it will coordinate with the Government and the National Assembly in 2013 to effectively publicize the regulations among the masses.
Addressing the conference, Transport Minister Đinh La Thăng said the work of traffic safety in 2012 has improved.
In the ten years from 2001-11, the annual death toll was pulled down to below 10,000 lives.
In the single year from November 2011 to November 2012, Việt Nam had almost 36,400 traffic accidents, killing 9,838 people with over 38,000 others injured.
That means a 14 percent decrease of the death rate and 20 percent reduction of the injured against the same previous period.
Provinces of Vĩnh Phúc in the north, Hà Tĩnh in the central region and Kiên Giang and Cần Thơ in the south managed to lower the rates of accidents, death toll and injuries.
Traffic congestion in major cities had positive results.
Hà Nội pulled down 46 percent of ‘black sites’ [sites vulnerable to congestions] from 124 down to 67; Hồ Chí Minh City by 36 percent, from 120 to 76.
“There were no street racing cases in Hồ Chí Minh City,” said Nguyễn Ngọc Tường – vice chief of the city’s traffic safety committee.
Deputy PM Phúc complimented the central city of Đà Nẵng since no severe accidents occurred in the locality in 2012.
Meanwhile, the southern Đồng Nai province was criticized for its high rates of traffic accidents.