Eleven people were killed and 16 others were injured in 17 traffic accidents across Vietnam on Sunday, the first day of the 2023 Lunar New Year, which was also the third day of the seven-day Tet break starting last Friday, traffic police reported.
Ten of these deaths were recorded in 16 road crashes and the other fatality came from one railway accident, while all the injuries were in road collisions, the Office of the Ministry of Public Security said the same day.
Compared to the same day of last year’s Tet, the number of traffic accidents and the deaths reduced by one each while the injuries increased by five.
During the first three Tet break days, a total of 64 road accidents occurred across the country, taking 38 lives and wounding 48 others.
Compared to last year, the road traffic injuries rose by 14 while the figures of accidents and fatalities declined by four and three, respectively.
Traffic police handled more than 2,091 cases of traffic violations on Sunday, imposed fines nearing VND4.2 billion (US$179,000) on the violators, impounded 75 cars, 1,094 motorbikes and 12 other vehicles, and revoked 405 driver’s licenses.
Among the traffic violators were 729 drivers under the influence of alcohol, 122 another committing over-speeding and three others operating vehicles overloaded with goods.
Notably, the said number of drunk drivers increased by as many as 524 cases from the same day of last year’s Tet.
Through the traffic monitoring camera systems on freeways across the country, the ministry’s Traffic Police Department also detected 99 violations on Sunday and sent notices of violations to the violators.
The only one deadly railway accident happened in Binh Thuan Province, in south-central Vietnam, while there was no waterway incident over the past three days, the National Traffic Safety Committee reported.
There were no serious traffic jams during Sunday nationwide, while the security and order at the quays, railway stations and airports, as well as on means of transport, were well maintained, the committee said.