Ha Noi – The number of road accidents and traffic violations have dropped significantly after a month-long traffic safety campaign, according to the Road and Rail Traffic Police Administration.
The decrease in road accidents comes at a time when city streets are packed with motorists in the lead-up to the nation's most important holiday, the Lunar New Year.
Nearly 1400 people died or were injured in traffic accidents during the final month of 2011, a 25% drop, while the same period in 2010 has seen a large number of accidents, with 2000 people dead or injured due to traffic accidents.
The fall in road and traffic accidents was assisted greatly by police officers in different parts of the country, with about 60 policemen in 14 provinces and cities provided with hi-tech equipments such as speed cameras and breathalysers during the Traffic Safety Month held in December.
Last year also saw a large number of traffic violations, at some 377,000 cases that had officers impound over 800 cars and nearly 45,000 motorbikes.
In developments related to crimes such as theft and smuggling, authorities have reported that during December, police officers arrested 53 criminals including 10 drug traffickers, 13 robbers and 18 thieves, while seizing more than 1.5kg of heroin, 34kg of firecrackers, eight electrical bludgeons, two tear gas sprayers and 56 sharp knives. Officers also uncovered 25 cases of illegal smuggling during December. -- VNS