Some 46 severe traffic jams (lasting over half an hour) occur in January – June, a year-on-year increase of 8 percent. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam saw a decline in road accidents in the first half of 2019 while the number of prolonged traffic congestion was on a rise, according to the latest report of the National Committee for Road Safety. As many as 8.385 traffic accidents, resulting in 3,810 deaths and 6,358 injuries, were recorded, down 7.1 percent, 7.55 percent and 9.65 percent from the same period last year. There were 19 serious accidents that claimed a total of 73 lives and injured 87 people. The traffic fatality rate reduced in 47 major cities and provinces, the report said. It also indicated that 46 severe traffic jams (lasting over half an hour) occurred in January – June, a year-on-year increase of 8 percent. Road crashes were blamed for 33 cases, accounting 71.7 percent of the total, while seven cases, or 15.2 percent, were caused by excessive number of vehicles on roads. In January, the Ministry of Transport issued a plan on improving traffic safety for 2019, which details measures to raise public awareness and compliance with traffic rules,… Read full this story
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