Cameras hoped to reduce traffic accidents on Central Highlands pass

By Phuoc Tuan, Hoai Thanh   March 5, 2021 | 12:55 am PT
Cameras hoped to reduce traffic accidents on Central Highlands pass
Bao Loc Pass, Lam Dong Province in March 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Hoai Thanh.
To help regulate careless driving on Bao Loc Pass en route to resort town Da Lat, Lam Dong Province authorities plan to install cameras at bends and turns.

The decision was made after a series of accidents occurred on Bao Loc, a pass located on Highway 20. Accordingly, Lam Dong People’s Committee is set to spend VND26 billion ($1.12 million) to install 12 cameras at every bend and turn.

The 10-kilometer Bao Loc Pass is an important route connecting the country's southeastern region to Lam Dong’s two towns, Da Lat and Bao Loc. While Da Lat is already a famous tourist destination, Bao Loc is both underrated and offbeat with a quiet and calm atmosphere, amazing waterfalls and many great tea and coffee farms.

According to a representative of Lam Dong’s traffic police department, installing the cameras would help police monitor careless and reckless driving - a main cause of accidents on the pass.

"We are completing legal procedures and budget plans for work to start in May," he stated.

To reduce the number of increasing traffic accidents, Lam Dong People's Committee urged patrols be strengthened and traffic police be deployed 24/7 at high-risk spots.

According to the Traffic Safety Committee of Lam Dong, from Dec. 15, 2020 to the end of Feb. this year, the province recorded 36 accidents, up by 17 cases compared to the same period last year, killing 25 people and injuring 21. On Bao Loc Pass alone, 10 accidents occurred and one person died.

Recently, Lam Dong Province proposed a plan to build 67-kilometer Tan Phu-Bao Loc Expressway with an investment of nearly VND19.5 trillion ($841 million) to reduce the traffic load on Highway 20.

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