Vietnam will organize a memorial ceremony for road accident victims on November 19 as part of efforts to raise people's awareness, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Wednesday.
The event would be held in Hanoi, but the National Committee Traffic Safety wants various activities to be held in connection with this all over the country, the newspaper said.
One week earlier the committee will organize a prayer ceremony.
Meanwhile, a month-long campaign promoting the event and improving people's awareness of traffic accidents will begin on October 19.
Nguyen Ngoc Tuong, the committee's deputy chief, said the ceremony would become an annual event, pointing out that it held "great importance" in the "current situation."
Some 7,000 people have been killed in road accidents in Vietnam so far this year, he said.
Though the death toll is down from last year, it is still a "big" number that "hurts society," he said.
Dr Vo Van Nho, director of the Ho Chi Minh City-based International Neurosurgery Hospital, said in support of the initiative: "Traffic accidents now are truly like a disaster and kill much more people than dangerous epidemics."
Nguyen Van Hai, who lost two children to traffic accidents within five months, said he felt the day was "necessary" to show people the grief felt by the families of victims so that they are more aware on the road.
Vietnam first organized the event in 2010 in response to the United Nations's World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, and again last year.
But they were held on a minor scale.
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