159 people died in 17,345 traffic accidents after four days of Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday in Vietnam, as of Jan. 29, the National Traffic Safety Committee reported.
The number of accidents fell by 15 percent last year, according to the National Road Safety Commission.
Lunar New Year holiday is the largest in the country and involves a lot of traveling and partying. The main reasons for the victims were drunk driving and not wearing a helmet.
The data showed that road accidents are a leading cause of death in Vietnam.
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During the New Year holidays, the country also registered 2,193 emergencies from combat accidents (accounting for 2.1% of total hospital emergencies), of which 849 cases were hospitalized for treatment and 8 recorded deaths and 287 cases of medical investigation and emergency caused by fireworks.