Traffic crashes kill 24 Vietnamese every day, new figures show

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A traffic accident in the central city of Da Nang on April 29, 2015 when a sleeper bus collided with a car, killing four people on the spot. Photo: Nguyen Tu A traffic accident in the central city of Da Nang on April 29, 2015 when a sleeper bus collided with a car, killing four people on the spot. Photo: Nguyen Tu

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The National Traffic Safety Committee has reported a total of 12,910 traffic accidents nationwide so far this year, with 5,167 people killed and 11,484 others injured.
This means around 24 people were killed in crashes on a daily basis, or one death per hour.
Statistics released Wednesday showed a reduction both in the number of cases, down 12.4 percent, and fatalities, down 3.8 percent. 
So far this year, traffic police have issued fines in more than 2.4 million cases and collected nearly VND1.6 trillion (US$73.3 million). They have seized more than 25,000 cars and 288,000 motorbikes.
More than 202,200 drivers had their driving licenses revoked for serious violations. 
Waterway traffic police issued fines of more than VND62 billion against 107,500 violators.
Over 43 million motorbikes have been registered in Vietnam, or 85 percent of all vehicles nationwide. That is far exceeding the 36-million target set for 2020.
This year alone, 1.89 new motorbikes and more than 175,000 new cars have been allowed to hit the streets. 

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