Vietnam recorded a high number of traffic deaths over the Lunar New Year holiday, with 317 dead and 509 injured, a government agency said Monday.
The government granted state employees nine days off for the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which began on February 15 and ended Monday.
During the nine-day break, 536 traffic accidents occurred across Vietnam, killing 317 and injuring 509 others, the National Traffic Safety Committee said in a report Monday.
There were 10 railway accidents, killing nine and one waterway accident that left one dead, the report said.
Of the accidents that occurred on the road, an overwhelming majority of them were caused by motorcyclists who breached traffic rules, such as driving under the influence of alcohol, not wearing safety helmets or piling too many people onto one motorcycle, the report said.
It noted a "spike" in deaths caused by traffic accidents over the same period last year. The number of such fatalities rose by 35 from the nine-day Tet break in 2014, it said.
Road accidents and their resulting fatalities have increased accordingly and took place in a "complicated" fashion on national highways and in rural areas, the report said.
Traffic accidents are not uncommon to motorbike-dominated Vietnam, which often records a spike in casualties during national holidays.
During the nine-day Tet break last year, 286 people were killed and 324 injured in traffic accidents.