Traffic accidents claimed 12 lives and injured nine people across Vietnam on Saturday, the first day of a four-day break marking Reunification Day (April 30) and International Workers’ Day (May 1).
A total of 29 traffic crashes occurred on Saturday, killing 12 and wounding nine, according to the National Committee for Traffic Safety.
The number of accidents increased by five, while the death toll dropped by one compared to the same period last year.
Traffic police officers booked 7,793 violations, imposing fines totaling VND12.5 billion (US$544,300), revoking 883 driver’s licenses, and impounding 102 cars and 1,000 motorbikes.
In Hanoi, traffic congestion occurred at many intersections near the city’s entrances as a host of people left the capital city for the holiday weekend.
A similar situation was also recorded in Ho Chi Minh City and was exacerbated by the rainy weather.
Public workers in Vietnam are given four days off from April 30 to May 3 to celebrate Reunification Day and International Workers’ Day.