Ho Chi Minh City to install more traffic cameras

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Ho Chi Minh City traffic police have announced that they will install hundreds of more traffic cameras throughout the city.

Colonel Vo Van Nhuan, chief of the HCMC road and railway traffic police division, said that apart from fines, police will report the breaches to drivers' local authorities.

He said police will install more cameras on 200 major streets.

"There were 36,000 traffic violations detected via street cameras in 2011 and another 1,200 cases so far this year," he told a recent forum on traffic safety.

Minh Hoang, a resident in Binh Thanh District, said many taxis and private cars illegally park on streets and sidewalks where no traffic police patrol, leading to traffic congestion and gridlock.

Many attendants urged for the better enforcement of the Traffic Law, specifically by fining violators via street cameras.

HCMC traffic police have fined 135,000 traffic violations so far this year, revoking 7,000 driving licenses and seizing 9,000 vehicles. Most of the breaches involved speeding, drinking and driving, driving in the wrong lane and illegal parking.

The city has seen 75 serious traffic accidents that killed 65 people and injured 40 more so far this year, according to government statistics.

At the forum, Truong Lam Danh of HCMC People's Council said they are considering measures to clear the illegal occupation of sidewalks.

"Most of the people occupying the sidewalk for small trading are poor people. There should be a study to find a suitable solution," he said.

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