Traffic accidents went up in December, said Railway and Road Police Department.

More than 650 traffic accidents were reported nationwide over the first two weeks of this month, killing 325 people and injuring another 480.

Of the total, road accidents took 154 lives and injured 213 others.

On average, 47 accidents happened a day, killing 23 people and injuring 34 others.

To deal with the situation and ensure traffic order and safety during festive season, police will intensify patrolling work and strictly handle violations.

In the first two weeks of this month, local police punished over 14,000 cases of traffic violations, seizure of over 300 cars and 17,000 motorbikes.-VNA