Lines of cars on Phap Van Expressway on February 20, the fifth day of the first lunar month (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Traffic police nationwide stepped up cracking down on traffic rule and law offences from January 16 to February 15 and ensured traffic safety and social order during the seven-day Lunar New Year holiday (Tet).

According to the Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security, the numbers of traffic accidents, deaths and injured people declined compared to the same month-long crackdown for 2017 Tet. 

Notably, traffic congestion before, during and after Tet was improved, the department noted, adding that police handled more than 327,100 traffic rule violation cases in the month.

They also uncovered 586 cases of criminal, economic and environmental law offences, detaining 343 suspects and seizing 57 heroin bricks, 20kg of marijuana, over 5kg of drugs of different kinds, over 77,600 smuggled cigarette packets, over 3 tonnes of firecrackers, and many other types of smuggled goods worth over 6 billion VND (263,400 USD).

Particularly, along the National Highway 1A section from northern Lang Son to southern Dong Nai provinces, traffic police dealt with more than 30,200 traffic rule offences and discovered 142 criminal law violation cases.

During the month, traffic police also actively made working plans with regard to local situations, carried out communication activities, gave advice to local authorities, increased patrols, and mobilised civil forces’ engagement in crime prevention, helping to ensure traffic safety and social order for Tet, the Traffic Police Department added.-VNA