National Council for Road and Traffic Safety meets

Vice President U Nyan Tun delivers speech at coordination meeting of National Council for Road  and Traffic Safety.—MNA
Vice President U Nyan Tun delivers speech at coordination meeting of National Council for Road and Traffic Safety.—MNA

Nay Pyi Taw, 12 May — Traffic and road accidents emerge as the major cause of injuries across the world with 22.8 percent, surpassing terrorism, other causes and wars while they result in over 1.2 million death every year, leading to the loss of 3 to 4 percent of GDP, Vice President U Nyan Tun, who also chairs the National Council for Traffic and Road Safety, said at the First Coordination Meeting of the national council held in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday.
Myanmar is developing and implementing the traffic and road safety project (2014-2010) in accordance with similar projects of the UN and the ASEAN.
Then, the vice president pointed out that policies, practices, people and participation are essential for the realization of the project and urged attendees of the meeting to draft a national traffic and
road safety law.
With increasing number of vehicles in Myanmar, traffic accidents have increased threefold and death from road and traffic accidents have risen fourfold in 2014, compared with the numbers in 2003. Myanmar recorded death form traffic accidents at 6.5 persons in ten thousand people.
Then, vice chairmen of the council Union Ministers Lt-Gen Ko Ko and U Than Htay reported to the meeting on formation of the national council and measures for traffic and road safety.
Then, secretary of the national council Deputy Minister U Chan Maung explained the road and traffic safety project.
Afterwards, members of the national council and region and state transportation ministers explained the measure being taken in respective regions and states.
The meeting concluded with remarks by the vice president. The project aims to reduce death from road and traffic accidents by 50 percent during the project period.
He attended opening of the Asian Men’s U-23 Volleyball Championship at Wunna Theikdhi Stadium (B) on Tuesday.
Next, the Vice President cordially greeted athletes and presented certificates of honour to responsible persons of the participating volleyball teams. Then, the Vice President and party enjoyed the match between Myanmar and Maldives which was the first match of tournament.
A total of 16 teams participated in the tournament which is scheduled to be held from 12 to 20 May are divided into four groups. Wunna Theikdhi Stadium (B) is set to host volleyball matches of Group A and Group B while matches of Group C and Group D are held in Wunna Theikdhi Stadium (C).— MNA

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