September 25, 2017

Road safety body steps up efforts to halve road deaths by 2020

Vice President U Henry Van Thio addresses the work coordination meeting of the National Road Safety Council in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Henry Van Thio addresses the work coordination meeting of the National Road Safety Council in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

VICE President U Henry Van Thio stressed the need for mass participation in the implementation of road safety schemes, calling for adherence to and knowledge of good driving practices and road safety while addressing the work coordination meeting of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
In his address the Vice-President, who is also the chairman of the Council, said that the NRSC, founded in 2014, has been implementing an action plan for road safety in Myanmar with the aim of halving annual road accident fatalities by 2020.
He pointed out that Myanmar has seen a rise in road fatalities over the previous decade with 4,420 deaths in 2015, up from 1,283 in 2005 as the volume of car traffic has increased considerably.
Road accidents involving motorcycles accounted for 47 per cent of all road casualties last year, added the Vice President, stating that it was because motorcyclists failed to wear helmets and follow safe driving practices.
He also emphasised the importance of wearing seatbelts while driving to reduce road deaths, calling for actions to tackle the issues of drink-driving and the use of mobile phones while driving.
The Vice President stressed the need for the effective enforcement of seatbelt use, helmet use and banning drink-driving and mobile phone use while driving.
Next, Union Minister Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, vice-chairman of the Council, elaborated on the availability of first aid emergency care for road accidents and road safety enforcement measures including public campaigns and the issuance of driving licenses.
Union Minister U Thant Sin Maung, the other vice-chairman of the Council, reported that the formation of road safety councils at various levels is required in order to achieve the goal of cutting by half the annual number of road deaths by 2020.
Following the reports by officials concerned, the Vice President made concluding remarks calling for the stepping up of efforts to realise the 2014-2020 national road safety plan and for the use of modern technologies to assist in road safety enforcement.
According to available statistics, there are 4.9 million registered motor vehicles in Myanmar. Figures show that there have been 8,591 road accidents during the period from January to June this year — meaning that, on average, 47 cases, 78 injuries and 14 deaths have occurred daily over this period.—Myanmar News Agency

Vice President U Henry Van Thio addresses the work coordination meeting of the National Road Safety Council in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Henry Van Thio addresses the work coordination meeting of the National Road Safety Council in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

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