Road accidents kill 13 in Vietnam on first Lunar New Year break day

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Road accidents kill 13 in Vietnam on first Lunar New Year break day

This image shows traffic police officers at a ceremony held in Ho Chi Minh City on January 18, 2022 to kick off a campaign for traffic safety improvement. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Thirteen people were killed and 15 others injured in road accidents across Vietnam on Saturday, the first day of a nine-day break marking the 2022 Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, traffic police reported.

These casualties were recorded from 26 crashes nationwide on Saturday, two days ahead of Lunar New Year’s Day, the Ministry of Public Security’s Traffic Police Department said the same day.

Compared to the same day of last year’s Tet, the number of accidents reduced by five while the deaths and injuries decreased by one and five.

Traffic police handled more than 6,700 cases of traffic violations, imposed fines nearing VND8 billion (US$352,600) on the violators, temporarily seized 32 cars and 752 motorbikes, and revoked over 500 driver’s licenses.

Among the traffic infringements were 269 cases of driving under the influence.

Police also detected 1,027 other traffic violations via their traffic surveillance camera systems countrywide.

The day also saw expressway traffic police units issue nearly VND50 million ($2,200) in fines to 19 lawbreakers, and withdraw eight driver’s licenses.

No waterway or railway accidents were recorded on Friday, the Traffic Police Department said.

However, 83 instances of waterway traffic law violation were detected and more than VND50 million in fines were collected.

One case of railway traffic infringement took place in Da Nang and the violator was required to pay a VND450 million ($19,830) fine.

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