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Nearly 9,000 traffic deaths in Vietnam in 2014, down 4%

Friday, December 26, 2014, 18:01 GMT+7
Nearly 9,000 traffic deaths in Vietnam in 2014, down 4%
In this file photo, police officers are shown handling a traffic accident in the south-central province of Binh Dinh.

The number of traffic accidents and their resulting deaths and injuries went down in the past 12 months ending on December 15 in comparison with the preceding corresponding period, the National Traffic Safety Committee reported on Thursday. From December 16, 2013 to December 15, 2014, 25,322 traffic accidents occurred nationwide, killing 8,996 people and injuring 24,417 others. Compared to the preceding 12 months, the numbers of traffic accidents and the resulting deaths and injuries are down by 13.8 percent, 4 percent, and 17.2 percent respectively. In the past 12 months ending on December 15, 2014, the numbers of registered automobiles and motorbikes top 199,396 and 2,597,301 respectively. The same period saw traffic police handle more than 4.3 million instances of traffic rule violation, issue fines totaling VND2,577.84 billion (US$121.03 million), impound 26,305 automobiles and 249,696 motorcycles, and revoke 370,255 driver’s licenses.  On average, road accidents kill around 9,000 people in Vietnam every year – almost 25 deaths per day – and leave hundreds of thousands of others with life-time injuries, Transport Minister Dinh La Thang said at a requiem held in Ho Chi Minh City on November 10 for the dead victims of road accidents. The event was held to mark the World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Traffic Accidents, which falls on the third Sunday of November each year. Speaking at the requiem, Minister Thang shared the grief suffered by the victims’ families, and called on everybody to strictly comply with the regulations on traffic safety. In the world, road accidents claim about 1.3 million lives every year, and the figure is forecast to increase to 1.8-1.9 million in the future, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.

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