CHINA suffered 24 extraordinarily serious road accidents, each killing more than 10 people, up till last Sunday, according to the Public Security Ministry.
The 24 accidents claimed a total of 355 lives – 85 more than during the same period last year – and injured 318 others, it was announced at a televised conference organised by ministry's Administration of Communications.
Some 270,000 traffic accidents occurred across China in the first five months of this year, killing more than 40,000 people and injuring 190,000 others.
Though the number of accidents, deaths and injuries were down from a year ago, the number of fatal accidents registered a sharp rise. Administration of Communications deputy director Yang Jun attributed the increase to overtaking, overloading and violation of traffic regulations.
He called on traffic police to investigate traffic flows, traffic violations and accidents on national and provincial roads and expressways, and make rational police deployments.
A survey on the expressway between Beijing and Zhuhai, which opened to traffic not long ago, showed that 90% of trucks running on the road were overtaking.
Of the 50 traffic accidents, the braking systems of all motor vehicles involved failed to meet state standards. – People's Daily
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