When it comes to hitting the road, it takes more than signs and traffic lights for Vietnamese to abide by traffic laws, as proven in these photos captured by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters.
Though the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) reported that Vietnam wrapped up 2016 with a significant drop in nationwide road deaths compared to 2015, the 8,685 people who lost their lives in traffic accidents in the country over the last 12 months are a painful reminder that Vietnam still has a long way to go before many can consider its roads safe.
Most of the accidents were a direct result of neglecting traffic regulations, either by civilians or law enforcement, according to the NTSC.
Examples of the total disregard for traffic laws are plenty, as recently observed with the test-run of Vietnam’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) line in Hanoi, when the ‘rapid’ buses found themselves inching through a sea of motorbikes and cars seemingly oblivious to the lane dividers on the city’s streets.
Tuoi Tre photojournalists hit the streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday to capture the most iconic examples of reckless driving and jaywalking in the major cities.
-Tuoi Tre News