Traffic casualties have kept rising during the Tet Lunar New Year to 39 deaths and 48 people injured on Thursday, raising the total deaths during the first six days of the holiday to 162.
A report from the Traffic Police Department at the Ministry of Public Security said the number of dead victims on Thursday, which was the fourth day of the new lunar year, increased from 37 on Wednesday, 20 on Tuesday, and 21 on Monday, mostly due to road crashes.
The number was also far more than the average traffic deaths of 24 a day reported in 2015.
Road traffic police also imposed VND762.5 million (US$34,200) of cash fines and revoked 274 drivers’ licenses for traffic violations on Thursday.
Vietnamese celebrate their biggest holiday of the year from February 6-14.
The National Traffic Safety Committee has warned of even more traffic chaos during the last days of the holiday as people travel to big cities to come back to work.