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Four-day national holiday sees 55 die in traffic accidents

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The country saw 104 traffic accidents in four days of the national holiday from April 30 to May 3, killing 55 people and injuring 84 others, according to the Traffic Police Department.

The traffic accidents fell by 6.3%, or seven cases, against the same period last year. The death toll also dropped by 5.2%, or three people, year-on-year, while the number of injured people soared by 31.3%, or 20 people, year-on-year.

All traffic accidents were road mishaps, the department said on May 3.

During the holiday, the traffic police of the nation’s 63 cities and provinces handled over 24,060 traffic violations, imposed fines totaling some VND26.4 billion, impounded 407 cars, more than 6,250 motorcycles and 73 other vehicles, and revoked 2,680 driver’s licenses.

Over 3,370 drivers were fined for driving under the influence of alcohol and 22 others for driving under the influence of drugs, the local media reported.

Many parts of HCMC and Hanoi and some main routes to local tourist sites experienced heavy traffic congestion between April 29 and May 3 as many people moved back to their hometowns, embarked on tours and returned to the cities after the holiday, according to the department.

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