Traffic deaths involving young drivers on the rise in HCMC

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Three high school students driving a motorbike without wearing crash helmet in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: An Bang Three high school students driving a motorbike without wearing crash helmet in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: An Bang

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The number of teens dying in road accidents in Ho Chi Minh City has tripled in the last two years due to lack of driving skills, according to a survey by the National Traffic Safety Committee.
Speaking at a national traffic safety contest for high school students in Hanoi Sunday, the agency’s vice chairman Khuat Viet Hung said the number of fatalities increased from 35 in 2013 to 111 last year.
A survey by the agency found that 70 percent of traffic-accident deaths in HCMC last year involved school students aged under 18.
“Eighty percent died when riding electric bikes and motorbikes, including big ones,” Hung said.
“I was very surprised and shocked by the findings.”
Overall, however, traffic deaths in the city reduced slightly in the past two years from 775 to 692.
Hung said more and more parents buy electric bikes and motorbikes for their children aged below 18, who are ineligible for a motorbike driving license.
“Schools do not have courses to train students in traffic laws and driving skills.”
Traffic deaths remain high in Vietnam with an average of 24 people dying daily.
There have been 8,374 traffic accidents this year in which 3,588 people died and 7,339 others were injured.

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