Reality TV is here: VTV to carry road, hospital images – VNS

HA NOI – In an effort to curb the number of traffic accidents nationwide, Viet Nam Television has begun airing programmes about accidents and the Government’s new traffic policies.

According to Duc Hoang, a VTV reporter, the show will include live images from major city intersections as well as inside the emergency rooms at Viet Nam-German and Cho Ray hospitals in Ha Noi and HCM City.

The programme, which begins at 7.10pm on VTV1 for 20 minutes, will also feature stories about the lives of people who have been in traffic accidents.

“The programme is aimed at raising people’s awareness about the dangers of unsafe driving and safety regulations,” Hoang said.

To successfully carry out the programme, Hoang said VTV has co-operated with the National Traffic Safety Committee, traffic police and hospitals.

An official from the Health Ministry’s Preventive Health Department said the main cause of traffic accidents was drivers not following the law, particularly rules about speeding.

Government statistics show more than 7,200 people were killed and 9,900 injured on the country’s roads in the first seven months of this year. The number of casualties increased by 352 individuals compared to the same period last year.

On average, thirty-five people are killed in accidents everyday. – VNS