Fatal traffic accidents surge during long weekend in Vietnam

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As many as 172 people were killed and an equal number injured in 212 traffic accidents nationwide during the four-day weekend that celebrated the National Reunification Day (April 30) and Labor Day (May 1).

A report released Wednesday by the Ministry of Public Security's Road and Railway Traffic Police Division said traffic police registered 44,251 cases of traffic law violations and seized 77 cars and 6,084 motorbikes during the holiday.

Fines of more than VND11.4 billion (US$553,400) were collected, the report said.

Doctors at Viet Duc Hospital in Hanoi said the number of people they admitted increased by up to 60 percent during the holiday at an average of 135 cases per day, most of them victims of traffic accidents.

About 120 cases were admitted to the hospital with head injuries between April 29 and May 1, including 40 where the victims were not wearing a helmet when riding motorbikes.

According to a report by the Hanoi Traffic Police, there were 52 traffic accidents in Hanoi in April, killing 53 people. It means two people were killed in traffic accidents every day in the city, police said.

In Ho Chi Minh City, the Cho Ray Hospital also reported an increase of traffic accident victims during the holiday. From April 29 and May 1, the hospital admitted 296 victims of traffic accidents.

Doctor Pham Van Khiem of the hospital said they had readied personnel and equipment to deal with the anticipated increase in the number of traffic accident victims during the long weekend.

"During long vacations, many people go back to their hometown or travel around on motorbikes," he said, explaining the surge in accidents.

According to the Ministry of Health, the number of traffic accident victims suffering head injuries increased by 50 percent during the vacation compared to normal days.

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