HA NOI — A total of 137 people died and 148 others were injured in 176 traffic accidents during the four days of the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday between January 22-25, according to the Road and Railway Police Department.
|A container accident blocked traffic for two hours in HCM City's Hoc Mon District last Thursday. Traffic accidents were reported to be down compared with last year. — VNA/VNS Photo Manh Linh
On average, 42 accidents occurred per day killing 34 people, the statistics indicated.
The number of traffic accidents decreased by 33 cases compared with the Tet holiday last year. The number of dead and injured decreased by 10 and 53, respectively.
In Ha Noi, five traffic accidents killed five people during the holiday and by last Saturday city police had given nearly 2,000 traffic regulation violators fines totalling VND668 million (US$31,800), an increase of 84.2 per cent compared with last year.
The city did not experience any large-scale traffic jams before the holiday or any motorbike racing on new year's eve, which fell on January 22, said Nguyen Duy Ngoc, head of the city's Traffic Police.
The division set up 15 stations across the city to dispense traffic violations for offences such as driving a motorbike without a helmet.
The city aimed to decrease the number of traffic accidents and traffic jams by 5-10 per cent, said Ngoc.
Meanwhile in central Quang Ngai province, a coach accident killed three people and injured six others on January 28. The accident is being investigated.
The northern mountainous province of Son La saw six traffic accidents during the holiday killing three people and seriously injuring 10. Reasons for the accidents were all drink-driving related.
In HCM City, four fires broke out during the holiday, incuring damages estimated at VND40 million (US$1,900). The fires were caused by electric short circuiting, and no casualties were reported.
The Road and Railway Police Department asked traffic police units in cities and provinces, especially in Ha Noi and HCM City, to assign more police to keep public order and prevent traffic jams when workers go back to work today after the holiday. — VNS