Vietnam roads claim over 4,000 lives in first-half 2017

4,031 people were killed in 4,796 separate accidents on the road in the Jan-Jun period

A car crash is seen in Hanoi on June 22, 2017.

Even though Vietnam’s traffic-related death rates in the first half of 2017 have dropped from the same period last year, the number of traffic accidents and casualties in the six-month period remained shocking high.

In the Jan-Jun period, 9,593 traffic accidents took place countrywide, killing 4,134 people and injuring 7,395 others, the National Committee for Traffic Safety reported on Friday.

The number of accident dropped by 6.22 percent from the first-half 2016, whereas the death toll and number of injuries also declined by 5.25 percent and 11.23 percent, respectively.

Road remained the most deadly means of transportation, with 4,031 people killed in 4,796 separate accidents on the road in the six-month period, according to the committee.

There were 76 train accidents in the first half of this year, whereas the respective cases of river and maritime transportation mishaps were 50 and 10.

In June alone, 1,569 traffic accidents of all kinds have occurred, claiming the lives of 643 people and injuring 1,348 others. The number of accident was down 10.6 percent, and the death toll declined by 16.93 percent.

In the six-month period, more than 1.3 million new cars, motorbikes and electric bikes were registered in Vietnam.

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