Traffic accidents kill thousands of people every year in Vietnam and more than 40 percent of road fatalities involve drinking and driving, official data have shown.
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Deputy Head of the National Traffic Safety Committee Khuat Viet Hung today said that the committee will present the Golden Steering Wheel award 2016 to truck driver Phan Van Bac who bravely saved a passenger bus with brake failure on Bao Loc Pass in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong on Tuesday.
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As many as 10,000 cases violating alcohol concentration regulations while driving were handled nationwide in August this year, mostly in Hanoi, Da Nang, Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh City, according to a senior police officer.
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The number of people killed in road accidents was sharply down from normal during the holiday weekend, with 33 people being killed in 71 accidents and 59 others injured.
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Some 71 traffic accidents occurred across the country during the three-day holiday from September 2 (National Day) to September 4, killing 33 people and injuring another 59.
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On August 4, Vietnam Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (VAMM) signed an agreement with the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) on improving traffic safety in 2016.
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Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security will propose the institution of criminal charges against drunk drivers after carrying out a thorough study, according to a police official.
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Motorbikes were the main cause of traffic accidents in HCM City in the first six months of the year, a meeting on traffic safety heard Tuesday afternoon.
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Despite a reduced number of traffic accident fatalities over recent years, the number of children killed on the road in Ho Chi Minh City has been increasing.
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The number of teens dying in road accidents in Ho Chi Minh City has tripled in the last two years due to lack of driving skills, according to a survey by the National Traffic Safety Committee.
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DNA tests will be conducted on bodies of 13 people burned beyond recognition in a fatal accident involving two passenger buses and a truck, which happened yesterday in the south-central province of Binh Thuan.
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A total of 152 traffic accidents were recorded across Vietnam during the four-day public holiday that started on Saturday, resulting in 111 deaths and 138 injuries.
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