Hanoi proposes installing street cameras to ease congestion

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Hanoi is considering setting up cameras at 200 locations in an effort to reduce traffic jams and catch more traffic violators.

The potential installments were mentioned in a city government proposal to its legislative unit, aiming to clear at least 27 traffic-addled spots and reduce the waiting time in other areas by 40 percent by 2015.

It also proposed conducting several surveys to count the regular number of vehicles at major roads and sections so that solutions can be planned, such as building more overpasses and medians to separate lanes at some big roads.

Hanoi authorities have made several efforts to solve its traffic problem, including adjusting the working hours of schools and government agencies earlier this year.

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Not many were happy with the shift as it changed the routines of individuals and families.

Vietnam's capital city has one of the heaviest traffic flows in the country.

Statistics compiled by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) released late last month showed there are 670 personal vehicles per 1,000 residents in Hanoi. The ratio is 675 per 1,000 residents in Ho Chi Minh City, and the average ratio for the whole country is 378 per 1,000 residents.

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