It’s starting out as a dangerous year on Vietnam roadways, reports the Vietnam News Agency.
VNA says that the National Traffic Safety Committee records show there were 2,149 traffic fatalities nationwide in the first three months of 2018, an overall increase of 2 percent compared to the first quarter of 2017.
Fourteen provinces experienced a more than 40 percent rise in traffic fatalities with Ca Mau, Tay Ninh and Cao Bang provinces reporting a 150 percent increase.
Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, who is the chair of the National Traffic Safety Committee, said moving violations are on the rise, reports VNA, and policing of the roadways remains poor throughout the country.
According to World Health Organisation statistics, you are over eight times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident in Vietnam than in the UK (an estimated 24.5 deaths per 100,000 people in Vietnam compared to 2.9 per 100,000 people in the UK).