The Vietnamese prime minister has instructed related agencies to ensure traffic safety during the remaining days of the Tet festival after 106 people were killed in nearly 130 road accidents on the first three days of the Lunar New Year.
PM Nguyen Tan Dung on Wednesday ordered the Ministries of Public Security, Transport, and Information and Communication to work with city and provincial governments to maintain order on the streets until this weekend.
News website VnExpress quoted the Ministry of Public Security as saying Wednesday that the accidents between January 22 and 24 also injured 110 people. The casualty numbers are down by 12 deaths and 32 injuries compared to last year.
Ministry officials said no traffic jams or illegal road races were reported during the days, though drunk driving was rife.
Dr Ton Thanh Tra of the Ho Chi Minh City-based Cho Ray Hospital, Vietnam's leading medical facility in treating emergencies, also reported a high incidence of accidents caused by drunk driving.
Cho Ray and Nhan Dan 115, also in HCMC, admitted 526 road accident victims during the three days, many with serious injuries, including to the brain.
The two hospitals also reported admitting 80 victims of violent fights during the holiday.
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