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More traffic accidents reported as Tet holiday almost over

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam has seen 133 traffic accidents since the Lunar New Year holiday (Tet) began on January 20, with 77 people killed and 96 others injured, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.

Yesterday, the country had 26 traffic accidents that claimed 15 lives and injured 19 others. Compared to the same period last year, the number of accidents dropped 10 cases, the death toll fell by six while injuries rose by 10.

The traffic police nationwide tackled more than 3,300 violations and collected nearly VND6.5 billion in fines. They detained 81 automobiles, more than 1,700 motorcycles and six other vehicles, in addition to suspending over 700 driving licenses. Of the violators, the police imposed sanctions on 414 for drink driving, 221 others for speeding, and four for involvement in illicit drugs.

The Tet holiday lasts from January 20 to 26, but large numbers of people have begun returning to major cities such as Hanoi and HCMC for work since yesterday, resulting in an upsurge vehicular traffic in the gateways to these cities.

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