Vietnam recorded as many as 11,179 traffic accidents, killing 4,478 people in the first half of this year, the National Traffic Safety Committee said in a report released on June 24.

The number of traffic accidents is down by 1,648 cases, or 12.85 percent, whereas the number of deaths is 211 less and injuries 2,114 down against the figures for the same period last year.

During the period, the police handled more than 2,036,800 traffic violations. They also detained 21,544 cars and 238,367 motorbikes, revoked 171,114 driving licences, and collected 1.27 trillion VND (59.6 million USD) in fine.

They have also handled 94,766 cases of rule violations on inland waterways.

Between May 16 and June 15, as many as 1,861 traffic accidents occurred, killing 743 people, down 9.44 percent in number and 2.37 percent in fatalities compared to the same period last year.-VNA