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Holiday road deaths down 21%

THE number of people killed in road accidents over China's National Day holiday was down by more than a fifth from the same period last year, the Ministry of Public Security said yesterday.

The eight-day period from October 1 saw 1,320 deaths on China's roads, down 21 percent, according to a report published on the ministry's Website.

About 5,000 people were injured in road accidents, down 17 percent year on year, and 4,330 accidents were reported nationwide, a drop of 15 percent.

The fall in accident numbers followed a nationwide crackdown on traffic violations launched in July which focused on speeding, fatigue and drunk-driving, and overloading, the report said.

In another security drive, police checked close to 3.3 million vehicles on the approaches to Beijing.

Almost 44,000 vehicles and 54,000 people were "persuaded by the police to turn back because their licenses did not qualify for entrance to Beijing," the report said.

In a separate report, the ministry said nine people were killed and seven injured in fires during the holiday.


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