Ho Chi Minh City asks Bloomberg fund to donate helmet cams for traffic cops

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Traffic cops stop a motorist in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre Traffic cops stop a motorist in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre


Officials in Ho Chi Minh City are requesting US charity fund Bloomberg Philanthropies to help provide 200 helmet cameras to traffic police officers as part of a major plan to curb street violations and accidents.
Ho Chi Minh City Traffic Safety Committee made the request during a meeting with representatives from the fund of the global data and media company Bloomberg on Tuesday.
It also asked for 50 breath analyzers and ten speed surveillance cameras for the city’s traffic police.
HCMC is one of the ten cities worldwide that Bloomberg Philanthropies has selected for aid totaling $120 million to improve traffic enforcement and reduce traffic accidents and deaths.
The organization will consider proposals from cities to grant specific packages for each.
Vietnam’s National Traffic Safety Committee has recorded nearly 6,000 traffic accidents, including those on water and railways, across the country over the first quarter, which killed 2,345 people and injured 5,488 others.
Dead victims in March increased nearly 28 percent from February.
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, chairman of the traffic committee, said at a meeting Tuesday that the authorities should apply maximum fines on traffic violations, especially overloading, to keep drivers in check. 

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