Vietnam's National Traffic Safety Committee granted a certificate of merit to a man for setting up public service announcements about the importance of traffic safety that feature vehicle wrecks.
Nguyen Tien Dinh, director of Dinh Nhan Company in Nghe An Province, which produces steel products in the north central province’s capitol, Vinh, was honored for his innovating the unique signboards.
Early this year, the 60-year-old man bought the wreck of an SUV for VND20 million (US$940) and put it on a frame with signboard he built near his company.
The sign features a skull with crossbones and the words: “beware of traffic accidents.”
Another board Dinh built with a car wreck. Photo: Khanh Hoan
“The whole structure costed more than VND120 million,” Dinh said.
After that, he bought eight motorbike wrecks that he arranged on another signboard, bearing the skull and crossbones and the warning drivers to “watch out for motorbike accidents.”
Dinh said he built the structures to warn drivers about accidents and improve their safety awareness, after witnessing many tragic accidents.
Uong Viet Dung, the National Traffic Safety Committee spokesperson, said Dinh is responsible for a special innovation that should be honored as a good effort toward improving traffic safety.
During the ceremony, Dinh donated VND100 million to the provincial Traffic Safety Committee to raise awareness about traffic safety at local schools.
According to the latest report from the committee, a total of 7,475 people died in accidents nationwide between January and October or roughly 25 casualties a day.
Nguyen Tien Dinh (C), 60, was granted a certificate merit for his structures. Photo: Duc Hoa
Nearly 20,000 others were injured in 20,801 traffic accidents, a slight decrease over last year.
According to the National Traffic Safety Committee, motorcycles are the primary means of transportation in Vietnam and account for 85 percent of vehicles nationwide.
Motorcycles account for 70 percent of traffic accidents, the agency said.
By April, 2014, drivers had registered over 39 million motorbikes, far exceeding the previous plan to hit 36 million in 2020. The country is home to over 89 million people.