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Traffic accidents on the decline in January

Update: February, 04/2016 - 16:52
A car and motorbike crash scene in northern Dien Bien Province on January 23. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuan Tu

HA NOI (VNS) — The number of traffic accidents, fatalities and injuries in January this year dropped significantly compared to the same period last year, the National Traffic Safety Committee reported.

Some 1,716 accidents occurred nationwide last month, killing 735 people and injuring 1,550 others. In comparison with January last year, the number of accidents, deaths and injuries went down by 20.96 per cent, 5.89 per cent and 24.28 per cent respectively.

Road traffic witnessed most of the accidents, with 1,694 cases, leaving 722 people dead and 512 injured.

There were 12 railway accidents, killing ten and injuring six.

Last month, two people died and two others were injured in eight waterway accidents. Meanwhile, seaway transport saw the fewest accidents (only two) with one fatality.

During the first month of the year, police checked and handled nearly 372,000 traffic safety and order violations nationwide. The total fines collected reached VND267.6billion (US$11.89million).

More than 1,900 cars, 47,500 motorbikes and 1,100 other vehicles were held temporarily for violations and more than 29,000 driving licenses were revoked. — VNS

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