Traffic accidents across Vietnam have killed 36 people and injured 35 others during the ongoing holiday weekend marking the country’s National Day (September 2).
Twenty road crashes occurred in the country on Saturday, the third day of the four-day National Day break, according to the National Committee for Traffic Safety.
The accidents killed 13 people and wounded 14 others.
Compared to the first day of the National Day holiday last year, when travel was strictly limited as part of the restrictions to contain COVID-19, the number of road crashes increased by 53.8 percent, the death toll jumped by 160 percent, and the number of injured individuals rose by 40 percent, the committee elaborated.
From Thursday to Saturday, a total of 57 traffic accidents were recorded on the roads across Vietnam, claiming 36 lives and injuring 35 people.
Public workers in Vietnam are allowed to take four days off from Thursday (September 1) to Sunday (September 4) to celebrate National Day this year.
On Saturday, traffic police booked 9,912 violations and issued fines worth a combined VND13.6 billion (US$579,600).
They also impounded 262 cars and 3,811 motorbikes and revoked 1,361 driver’s licenses.
Traffic patrol teams on expressways handled 72 cases of traffic safety violations, issued fines of VND459 million ($19,500), revoked 43 driver’s licenses, and temporarily seized 10 vehicles.
Waterway traffic police forces fined 154 violators a total of VND169 million ($7,200) and stripped two professional certificates.