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Traffic safety across the country showed positive changes in the first nine months of this year with the numbers of deaths and injuries continuing to drop, according to a Government report.

The report, which was presented at the 19 th plenary session of the National Assembly’s Committee for National Defence and Security in Hanoi on October 9, said that the number of serious accidents relating to passenger cars and trucks has been controlled.

In January-September, traffic police nationwide temporarily seized 29,560 cars and 377,420 motorbikes and rescinded 260,884 driving licences.

There were 16,459 accidents which left 6,518 people dead and another 14,929 injured, representing decreases of 2,239 in terms of cases, and 240 in terms of fatalities and 2,906 in injuries.

However, the report said, a handful of provinces like An Giang, Ca Mau and Tra Vinh in the Mekong Delta, Gia Lai in the Central Highlands and Bac Kan in the north still saw notably increasing numbers of traffic-related deaths.

The committee’s members held that the report covered road traffic but did not look into railway and waterway situations.

They said it must analyse accident causes and identify the responsibility of heads of localities in order to put forth effective solutions, thus fulfilling the legislature’s target of 5-10 percent declines of accidents, deaths and injuries nationwide in 2015.

Regarding orientations to ensure traffic safety and order during the last quarter of this year and next year, the delegates called for efforts from the entire political system, all organisations and individuals.

They also emphasised the need to increase inspection over railway and internal waterway traffic safety.-VNA