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Police keep holiday traffic under control

Update: September, 01/2014 - 08:20
The National Traffic Safety Committee reported at least 16 people killed and 20 others injured in 32 traffic accidents yesterday.— Photo doisongphapluat

HA NOI (VNS) — Transportation remained under control in Viet Nam's major cities on the second day of the four-day Independence Day break.

However, the National Traffic Safety Committee reported at least 16 people killed and 20 others injured in 32 traffic accidents yesterday. It also reported that traffic policemen across the country charged a total of VND4.8 billion (US$218,000) in fines and dealt with more than 8,000 cases of traffic violations.

In HCM City, traffic will be rerouted from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. tomorrow from some routes near the Sai Gon River such as Nguyen Hue, Ham Nghi, Ho Tung Mau and Ton Duc Thang, in preparation for fireworks displays.

Officials reported that thousands of people marked the holiday yesterday by returning to their respective hometowns or flocking to supermarkets and entertainment centres.

The media in HCM City reported that since morning, Mien Dong (Eastern-bound) Coach Station was crowded, but most passengers did not have to wait long to get their seats as most transport companies had already deployed additional buses for the occasion.

Nguyen Ngoc Thua, Director of the Mien Dong Coach Station, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the number of passengers increased by 3,000 compared with that of the same period last year, and that the station had been monitoring ticket pricing, ensuring that prices would only rise by 30 per cent compared with that of normal days.

At Binh Khanh ferry in the Nha Be-Can Gio districts of HCM City, thousands of people and vehicles lined up along a two-kilometer stretch, waiting to cross the ferry to reach the city. Officials estimated about 46,000 passengers crossed the ferry yesterday, an increase of 16,000 compared with that of a typical day.

In Ha Noi, no traffic congestion was recorded at most hotspots, with about four or five traffic policemen monitoring vehicles at each popular place, especially those coming out of the capital, at most of the intersections. About 10 cases of traffic violations were recorded near the intersection of Giai Phong-Kim Dong, with some coaches dropping off passengers in the wrong spots or carrying more than the number of passengers allowed. — VNS

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