Around 7,000 people were killed in traffic accidents across the country between January and September this year, a 17-percent decrease from the same period last year, according to the National Committee of Traffic Safety.
Some 6,908 people were killed and 25,002 injured in 23,619 accidents over the first nine months of this year, a decrease from 8,410 deaths, 35,065 injured people and 32,979 accidents year-on-year.
The committee said 48 of 63 cities and provinces across the country reported a decrease of more than 10 percent in the number of fatalities. Vinh Phuc, Dien Bien, Ha Tinh, Kien Giang provinces and Can Tho City saw 40-percent decreases in the number of fatalities.
Six provinces that saw sharp increases in the number of dead and injured were Kon Tum, Bac Lieu, Bac Kan, Lao Cai, Thua Thien-Hue and Dong Nai.
According to the committee, traffic congestion has eased in the country's largest cities Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Hanoi authorities say there are currently 67 frequently-congested sites in the capital city as compared to 100 sites reported last year.