An accident last Monday which led to the death of two-year-old Dinh Phuong Vy has generated public outrage. Vy was crushed by a tank truck after her mother lost control of the motorbike she was driving.
Truck driver Nguyen Van Tuan is accused of causing the accident because of his honking. For the public, the incident has only brought to the surface more traffic-related problems in Vietnam.
Such "inhumane" horns are now commonplace in the streets. Many drivers don't seem to care about regulations to do with vehicle horns as well as others' lives. They use loud horns and sometimes keep honking while they drive along. It often happens that pedestrians and drivers, some of whom lose control of their vehicles, are startled because of the excessive honking in Vietnam.
I wonder if related agencies have introduced any measures to stop [such honking]. I often ask my child to cover his ears but this does nothing to abate other drivers' ignorance.
People's carelessness is also a problem. It doesn't take much to see many children that are carried on motorbikes without any kind of safety belt or attachment. Many people let their kids sit in front, holding them with one hand and riding their bikes with the other. It's very dangerous for children.
Given Vietnam's current traffic conditions and the risks involved in driving on the streets, adults should take protective measures.
I was so outraged when I read the news about the child's death caused by an air horn. My daughter and I were once nearly victims in a similar situation where a bus honked at us.
It's so heart-wrenching for a mother to see her daughter die with her own eyes.
Drivers' honking in Vietnam is absolutely unacceptable. They don't think about others' lives and only look out for themselves. The government needs to have strict punishments to deal with horn abuse.
I think drivers sometimes sound horns for no particular reason. They still sound their horns even when they can see that no one can move in a heavily crowded street. On the streets near hospitals, many people honk their horns despite big signboards prohibiting such an action.
Many drivers now don't care about people's lives or even their own life.
They drive carelessly at very high speeds. At night, they turn on their headlights to dazzle those who are driving in the opposite direction. They willingly and deliberately sound their horn to startle others. They even grin with pleasure when they see someone jump and lose control of their bike because of their horn.
I hope that road traffic police in Ho Chi Minh City and traffic inspectorates find a solution to this problem.
In Vietnam, many truck and car drivers use air horns in crowded streets just to amuse themselves. It's terrible, but because the punishments are too lenient, they don't care about regulations and other people's lives. There is no other place where horns are used as much as they are in Vietnam. The government and related agencies should have strict measures to deal with people who have an "obsession" with honking.
NGUYEN VIET TAO
There is a law concerning road traffic and within it, are clear and detailed regulations about road safety.
The problem is that related agencies don't properly enforce the law. Many car and car accessory manufacturers and traders offer illegal air horns and headlights among other unsafe accessories.
They are sold and placed on vehicles in public without being detected or fined by related agencies.
We, ourselves, including related agencies and traffic police, consider them as normal, making more traffic accidents happen.
Those who use horns that are too loud or adjust their headlights so that they shine too bright should be heavily fined. The manufacturers and sellers of unsafe vehicle accessories must also be fined.