Pupils and Students to Learn Traffic Law via Traffic Safety Camp

A camp fostering the traffic safety campaign attracting nearly 2,500 elementary school pupils and junior high school students will take place on September 15, 2007 at the HCMC Zoo and Botanical Garden, as announced by the Organizational Board at a press conference yesterday.

The camp is jointly organized by the Sai Gon Giai Phong, the Department of Communications and Public Works, Department of Education and Training, HCMC Communist Youth Union, and the International Telecommunication Co.

The objectives of the campaign are to warn the public at large about the increasing number of fatalities in traffic accidents nowadays—mostly involving young people—and to introduce the Traffic Law into schools.

Last year, the HCMC Traffic Safety Board, the Sai Gon Giai Phong, and the Department of Education and Training gave 15,000 witty comics about traffic safety to elementary and high schools within HCM City.

This year, the organizers decided to give 45,000 comics of the same sort to campers in the hope that if given opportunities to learn the Traffic Law now, pupils and students will abide by the Law better when they are old enough to drive.

According to the camping program, campers will make a wall-newspaper about traffic safety, take part in traffic-sign making contests and in quiz tests about the Traffic Law.

The camp will officially start in just two days, promising an exciting time for all campers.

       A scene of traffic jam in Ho Chi Minh City

In related news, the number of traffic jams in HCM City has suddenly increased. Traffic jams occur especially in sections or intersections of roads or streets where drivers have never experienced the problem before.

Mr. Dau An Phuc, deputy head of the Traffic Management Office under the Department of Communications and Public Works, said that one of the key factors that causes more traffic jams is the building of many new construction projects at the same time.

Phuc said that severe traffic jams in Ho Chi Minh city usually take place at 33 sections and intersections of main streets like Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Pasteur, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Cach Mang Thang Tam, Hoang Van Thu, Nguyen Kiem and Ly Thuong Kiet.

Other key factors causing traffic jams, according to Phuc, are the narrowness of streets, lack of parking lots, development of infrastructure failing to meet with the rapid increase in the number of vehicles traveling on streets year after year, and the people’s lack of awareness of the importance of compliance with Traffic Law.

Sharing the same view as Phu, Mr. Vo Van Van, deputy head of the Traffic Police Office, noted that after the relevant authorities have designed new traffic control systems for heavy streets, traffic jams no longer take place on those streets again but occur on others nearby.

Van added that traffic accidents, flooded streets due to heavy rains, and power cuts are additional factors in the recent increase in traffic jams.

As for band-aid solutions to iron out the problems of traffic jams, Van suggested that the traffic police should regularly control the heavy traffic at sections or intersections where traffic jams usually take place, investors should speed up the building progress of construction projects, and the relevant authorities should carefully survey the traffic flow on heavy streets before designing new traffic control systems. 

Source SGGP + Tuoi Tre – Translated by Phuong Lan

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