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Traffic police inspect truck, bus drivers in bid to curb accidents

Update: February, 14/2014 - 08:11

A traffic policeman checks the documents of a coach driver in Quang Ninh Province. The National Traffic Safety Committee has ordered traffic police, especially in the central region, to tighten patrols in an attempt to curb fatal road accidents. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan

HA NOI (VNS) — Traffic police, especially from Nghe An to Binh Thuan in the central region, have been ordered to conduct more patrols and strictly handle violations by coach and truck drivers in an effort to slash fatal road accidents.

The move was taken by vice chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee Nguyen Hoang Hiep on Tuesday after five fatal traffic accidents on stretches of National Highway 1A. The accidents killed six people and injured 49 others.

According to Hiep, distractions, speeding and driving in the wrong lane were to blame.

Hiep told online newspaper Vnmedia that the accidents often occurred late at night when roads were mostly deserted and traffic police were not on patrol.

He added that this was the time when drivers often felt tired. Hiep also blamed cold weather and rain for limiting the vision of drivers.

The vice chairman said that vehicle registrations would be revoked if drivers were found guilty of violating safety rules. Bus companies could also be suspended from operation.

Transport companies were asked to terminate the labour contracts of drivers who repeatedly offended.

Two people die in train-motorbike collision

Two people were killed instantly after their motorbike collided with a train at midnight in Thanh Khe District on Wednesday, local police said yesterday.

The pair crossed the railway as the North-South Express Train, SE7, was approaching, journeying from Ha Noi to HCM City.

There was no barrier at the junction between the road and the railway.

The district police confirmed the deceased were from central Quang Nam province. — VNS

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