Vietnam: Traffic accidents kill 110, injure 61 during New Year holidays

HANOI (Bernama) – Up to 147 accidents occurred during the four-day New Year holidays (December 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019), claiming 110 lives and wounding 61 people, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported according to the National Committee for Traffic Safety.

On average, there were nearly 28 deaths a day, higher than last year’s figure of 22.

Road traffic made up the majority of the accidents with 145 cases out of 147 and 109 deaths out of 110.

The remaining two were blamed on rail transport, with one death and one injury.

The top causes of accidents were speeding, driving in the wrong lane, changing lanes or direction without signalling, or driving under the influence, while violations like not wearing helmets were very common.

Traffic police officers handled over 19,200 violations, giving out fines of 16.3 billion VND (USD703,000), revoking licences of 1,000 drivers and impounding more than 2,800 vehicles.

According to reports, on the first day of the four-day holiday, heavy traffic and frequent congestion were witnessed in the two largest cities in the country, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.