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Hanoi (VNA) – Traffic accidents in Hanoi killed 129 people and injured 274 others in recent months, a decline compared to the same period last year, announced the Hanoi Department of Transport.

The number of dead and injured dropped by 8.5 percent and 7.7 percent respectively, from mid-December 2016 to mid-March 2017. There were 338 accidents, a decrease of 1.7 percent.

The outcome was attributed to measures local authorities deployed to prevent traffic jams and accidents.

However, there was a rise in railway accidents in the first three months of 2017, with seven accidents claiming seven lives, an increase of three cases year-on-year.

In the first quarter of 2017, the city traffic police handled more than 11,700 cases of traffic violations, with total fines of about 22.3 billion VND (981,000 USD). Nearly 160 vehicles were seized and 1,587 drivers had their driving licences revoked.-VNA