The National Committee for Traffic Safety and local ministries must take drastic measures to ensure traffic safety and order during spring festivals.

The Ministry of Public Security is to strictly handle traffic law violations including speeding, driving in the wrong lane, and driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Ministry of Transport is to tighten the management of transport business activities at railway stations, car depots, and ports, while working with localities to address cases reported by local residents through hotlines in a timely fashion.

The Ministry of Information and Communication directed press agencies to enhance communications campaigns designed to reduce traffic accidents and popularise traffic regulations.

Traffic police forces will focus on key highways, especially those in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City , and enact measures to regulate traffic flows and ease congestion.

Local Departments of Transport and the festival organisation boards were asked to increase the frequency of bus and coach services for festival attendees.

The National Committee for Traffic Safety will send inspection teams to examine localities with an increasing number of fatal traffic accidents.

From December 16, 2014 to February 15, 2015, the country reported 4,115 traffic accidents, leaving 1,567 dead and 3,771 injured.

The figures represent an annual decline of 14.7 percent in traffic incidents, 13.81 percent in the number of fatalities, and 20.46 percent in the number of injured.

During the nine-day Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, as many as 536 traffic accidents occurred nationwide, killing 317 people and injuring 509 others.-VNA