In the Tet holidays ( the Lunar New Year), though 64 road accidents took place in Ho Chi Minh City killing 59 people, the figure dropped dramatically compared to last year, said the Road and Railway Traffic Police Division (PC08) of the HCMC Department of Police yesterday.
The total number of fatal accidents, mortality and injured people reduced dramatically after the country’s stringent new drink-driving law has taken effect for two weeks, said Deputy Head of the Department of Traffic under the Ministry of Public Security Major General Le Xuan Duc.
A total of 12,675 traffic accidents occurred nationwide in the nine months to September 14, killing 5,659 people and injured 9,619 others, according to a report of the National Committee for Traffic Safety.
Due to the massive losses caused by road crashes, traffic safety has become a high-priority issue in Ho Chi Minh City. Since the beginning the year, traffic accidents have been rising in recent years especially in suburban districts despite improvements in automobile safety features.
Ho Chi Minh City Road-Railway Traffic Police Division (PC08) yesterday announced to take heed to drunk truck and bus drivers at the launch of the month-long traffic crackdown campaign over trafic law violators to ensure traffic order during Tet Holiday (the Lunar New Year festival)
There were 147 traffic accidents killing 110 people and injured 61 others during four holidays, when people flocked back to their hometowns, according to the country’s National Traffic Safety Committee.
As per the National Committee of Traffic Safety’s direction, those who use roads to dry agricultural products after harvest or burn rice straw generating smoke and danger for the road traffic will receive harsh penalties.