26 die in traffic accidents everyday, down 18%
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In the first four months of this year, 3,660 traffic accidents occurred across Vietnam, killing 3,167 people and injuring 2,712 others, the Transport Ministry reported.
The scene of a serious traffic accident that occurred in Binh Chanh District, HCMC on May 2, 2012 Photo: Tuoi Tre
On average, 26 people were killed everyday during the past four months.
Compared to the same period of last year, the number of accidents drops by 929 or 20.24 percent, while the number of deaths and injuries is down by 17.97 percent and 23.43 percent respectively.
In April alone, 914 accidents occurred nationwide, claiming the lives of 741 people and causing injuries to 283 others.
The figures are 11.86 percent, 15.12 percent and 14.09 percent lower than a year earlier.
Meanwhile, the number of newly registered motorized road vehicles has been on the rise, the ministry said.
In April alone, registration was made for 10,277 cars and 197,807 motorbikes, bringing the country’s total number of vehicles to 36,610,608, including 34,687,856 motorbikes and 1,922,752 cars, by the end of the month.
The past four months also saw 11 waterway traffic accidents, including three serious ones.