During the post-Ramadhan (Fasting Month) Holiday, most Indonesian Muslims follow the tradition of returning to their hometowns to celebrate the Eid Al-Fitr Islamic Festival with their families there. As a result, there is an exodus of travelers, particularly from cities to villages, during the holiday season. The annual tradition is locally called “mudik”. Indonesia is the world's forth most populous nation and the world's largest Muslim majority country, with nearly 90 percent of its 260 million people being Muslims. Over the last few years, the government has encouraged homebound travelers to not travel by motorcycles on their journeys home, since motorcycles are more likely to being involved in traffic accidents. For this reason, the government has provided free rides to many of those heading home for the holidays. This year, the number of free ride programs provided to homebound travelers by state and private companies, as well as government offices, increased … [Read more...] about Traffic deaths fall 74% during 2019 Eid Al-Fitr
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By Duc Hung  May 25, 2019 | 07:30 pm GMT+7 Two Vietnamese workers were stabbed to death by robbers in Angola on Monday. Photo by Shutterstock/Ting Two Vietnamese workers, a man and a woman, were killed by burglars who broke into their rented apartment in Angola Monday. The Vietnamese Embassy in Angola announced Thursday that Nguyen Trong Duc, 47, and his sister-in-law Tran Thi Thu Huong, 40, both from the central province of Ha Tinh, were stabbed to death by a group of robbers in their rented apartment around 2 a.m. Local police are investigating the robbery about which no further details have been revealed. Nguyen Huy Hai, a police officer in Ha Tinh, said the victims’ families are working with the embassy to bring the bodies of two Vietnamese workers back home. Ha Tinh authorities said they did not have any information on Duc's status as he had been a migrant worker in Binh Duong Province, southern Vietnam, for 10 years. Huong was going through a tough … [Read more...] about Two Vietnamese workers stabbed to death by robbers in Angola
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam aims to reduce the number of traffic accidents, deaths and injuries by 5-10 per cent, according to targets set by Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hòa Bình. Traffic congestion in big cities like Hà Nội and HCM City and at key traffic routes across the country would also be dealt with, Bình said at a ceremony held on Friday morning to kick off the 2019 Traffic Safety Year with the theme ‘Traffic Safety for Passengers and Drivers’. The target could be reached with the resolute implementation of comprehensive measures on traffic accident prevention and control and with the participation of the whole political system and society, he said. However, he noted that this year is expected to see a further increase in the volume of vehicles as economic growth leads to higher demand, which will create more challenges for ensuring traffic safety. He asked the National Committee for Traffic Safety … [Read more...] about VN targets to reduce traffic accidents by 10 per cent
In month of November alone, 37 people died and a further 1,437 were injured in traffic accidents, making it the deadliest November on the roads since 2003. Altogether in the first 11 months of 2018, a total of 287 died in road accidents, figures from the Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) show. That's a significant increase from the whole of the previous year, when 224 people died. In 1997, Sweden introduced a road safety policy named Vision Zero with the long-term aim of cutting fatal accidents to zero by 2020. The target was that by 2007, there would be no more than 270 road traffic deaths, but this target wasn't reached, with almost 500 people dying that year. However, there has been an overall drop in road traffic deaths over the past decade, with the figure for 2013 and 2015 the lowest since the Second World War. Part of the reason for the recent rise is that once you reach a certain point, it becomes harder and more costly to make further significant changes … [Read more...] about Why did road traffic deaths increase in Sweden this year?
About half of the number of road traffic deaths in the Philippines involved vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians, the WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018 indicated. Thousands of road users also get injured and disabled from road crashes, the report said. To address road safety issues, the Philippines developed the Philippines Road Safety Action Plan 2017-2022, adopting a vision of zero road traffic death, an official of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said. "Nagbibigay kami ng road safety education sa lahat ng road users. Kami na ang pumupunta kapag may humihingi sa amin ng seminar," Anita Cannaoay, Head of the MMDA’s Traffic Education Unit, said when asked how they are protecting vulnerable road users. (We give road safety education to all road users. We conduct seminars whenever requested.) Parents should also look after their children as most accidents happen when kids are playing along streets, Alberto Suansing, … [Read more...] about Road traffic deaths continue to rise in the Philippines: WHO report