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Over 3,000 killed in traffic crashes across Vietnam in first half of 2021

Over 3,000 killed in traffic crashes across Vietnam in first half of 2021

Sunday, July 04, 2021, 12:02 GMT+7
Over 3,000 killed in traffic crashes across Vietnam in first half of 2021
Traffic police probe a fatal road crash involving a truck and a motorbike in Hanoi in early May 2021. Photo: Anh Manh / Tuoi Tre

More than 3,000 people were killed in traffic accidents across Vietnam in the first six months of this year, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

A total of 6,340 traffic accidents occurred in the country from December 15, 2020 to June 14, 2021, killing 3,192 people and injuring 4,475 others, the ministry’s traffic police division reported on Saturday.

The number of crashes dropped 8.3 percent year on year, while fatal casualties decreased 2.7 percent.

Among them, 6,278 were road accidents, claiming 3,147 lives and injuring 4,465 people.

The common causes were speeding and wrong-way driving among others.

More than 1.73 million traffic violations were booked during this period, with fines worth over VND1.7 billion (US$74,100).

A group of suspects are arrested for street racing in this photo supplied by officers.

A group of suspects are arrested for street racing in this photo supplied by officers.

Officers also revoked more than 167,700 driver’s licenses and impounded about 298,000 vehicles.

The number of traffic violations fell 5.5 percent year on year.

Traffic police dealt with 435 illegal street races, arresting 2,470 suspects and taking away 2,207 vehicles.

They also detected the illicit transport of 182 bricks of heroin and over 121,000 pills of synthetic drugs.

Thirty-three cases of illegal entry were also discovered by traffic police units in the country, resulting in the arrest of 155 people.

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