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Traffic deaths fall year-to-date

Update: October, 10/2015 - 08:56
Traffic safety across the country showed positive changes in the first nine months of this year with the numbers of deaths and injuries continuing to drop. — Photo infonet.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Traffic safety across the country showed positive changes in the first nine months of this year with the numbers of deaths and injuries continuing to drop, according to a Government report.

The report, which was presented at the 19th plenary session of the National Assembly's Committee for National Defence and Security in Ha Noi yesterday, said that the number of serious accidents relating to passenger cars and trucks had been limited.

From January-September, traffic police nationwide temporarily seized 29,560 cars and 377,420 motorbikes, and revoked 260,884 driving licences.

There were 16,459 accidents reported that left 6,518 people dead and another 14,929 injured, falling 2,239 in terms of cases, 240 in terms of fatalities and 2,906 in injuries.

However, the report said provinces including An Giang, Ca Mau and Tra Vinh in the Mekong Delta, Gia Lai in the Central Highlands and Bac Kan in the north saw a notable increase in traffic-related deaths.

Committee members said the report covered road traffic but did not look into railway and waterway transport.

They said it must analyse the causes and identify those responsible in order to form effective solutions to meet the legislature's target of a 5-10 per cent decline in accidents, deaths and injuries nationwide in 2015.

Delegates also emphasised the need to increase inspections of railway and internal waterway traffic safety. — VNS

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