According to estimates from the Vietnamese National Traffic Safety Committee, an estimated 11,500 traffic accidents occurred this year, killing 10,039 people. The estimated death toll represents a 12.7% decrease compared with last year, but still very high.

Road accidents accounted for 97% of the total accidents, with the remaining three% going to railways and waterways accidents, according to the committee.

The committee sets a target of a further five to seven% decrease in the number of traffic fatalities next year.

To achieve this, the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport is asked to compile a list of traffic black spots, which require more traffic control staff and improved infrastructure.

Fund from the government's economic stimulus package for next year would be used on these spots, according to the Vietnamese government.

Xinhua - December 31, 2008