|Twenty-four persons were killed and 43 injured in road accidents on the first day of the Tet holiday. -- Illustrative file photo
HA NOI ─ Twenty-four persons were killed in 55 road accidents across the country yesterday, the first day of the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, reported the National Committee for Traffic Safety.
The accidents also injured 43 persons.
On the same day, the traffic police registered nearly 4,100 cases of traffic violations across the country, with the total fines collected being approximately VND1.2 billion (US$56,400). The police temporarily detained four cars and 656 motorbikes for breaking traffic rules.
Yesterday morning, a bike collided with a truck and both vehicles broke through a barrier along the National Highway 1A section in the south central province of Phu Yen. The vehicles fell 11.5 metres onto the North-South railway line. Five persons were seriously injured and are being treated at the Phu Yen hospital.
However, no traffic jams occurred on streets and roads vulnerable to traffic congestion during the last working days before the nine-day Tet holiday. According to the committee, the hotline set up for the festival has received many complaints of traffic violations by coaches over the past few days. The committee has asked the transport departments of localities to inspect and impose strict punishment for the violations. ─ VNS