Vietnam minister calls on Tet accident victims

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Vietnam's Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang visited a major hospital in Hanoi Thursday to call on victims of road accidents and assess the traffic situation as of the fourth day of the Lunar New Year holiday.

Of the 187 admitted to the Vietnam-Germany Hospital, more than 100 had not been wearing crash helmets and some had been riding under the alcohol influence, Tien Phong quoted doctors as saying.

The hospital admitted around 80 victims of road accidents every day during the festival.

Dr Nguyen Tien Quyet, director of the hospital, said more than 90 percent of the victims were between 15 and 30 something, though some were as young as eight.

Thang said "The number of road accidents has dropped from last year, but is still high. So, related agencies must never be off guard, especially with a large number of vehicles speeding back to large cities after Tet."

He also warned about the further major festivals coming soon in Hanoi and around the northern region.

The minister was accompanied by Nguyen Hoang Hiep, vice chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee.

Figures from the road traffic police show that 137 people were killed  in road accidents during the Lunar New Year holiday so far, or an average of 34 deaths a day. A further 148 were injured.

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