One Vietnamese dies every hour in fatal traffic collisions

Traffic collisions have killed more than 5,000 people so far this year, with 11,484 others injured.

The National Traffic Safety Committee reported on Wednesday a total of 12,910 traffic accidents in Vietnam this year. Its latest statistics means about 24 people have been killed in crashes on a daily basis, or one death per hour.

However they also show a reduction both in the number of cases, down 12.4 percent, and fatalities, down 3.8 percent, according to Thanh Nien News.

So far this year, traffic police have issued fines in more than 2.4 million cases and collected nearly VND1.6 trillion (US$73.3 million). They have seized more than 25,000 cars and 288,000 motorbikes. More than 202,200 drivers had their driving licenses revoked for serious violations.

Photo: A traffic accident in the central city of Da Nang on April 29, 2015 when a sleeper bus collided with a car, killing four people on the spot. Photo: Nguyen Tu