Vietnam's prime minister has criticized authorities in the southern province of Kien Giang and the northern province of Thai Nguyen for letting local traffic accident death tolls increase for three consecutive years.
PM Nguyen Tan Dung made the announcement after a meeting with the National Committee for Traffic Safety last Wednesday.
Dung did hail improvements in traffic safety overall in Vietnam since two decrees on restraining accidents and traffic jams took effect four years ago.
However, he asked the Ministry of Transport to cooperate with related agencies to plan more measures for more improvements to submit to the government for approval next month.
According to VnExpress, the number of traffic accidents in Vietnam decreased 5.4 percent in 2010 compared to 2008, a reduction of 791 cases. The number of deaths and injures also declined, 13.2 and six percent respectively.