Official statistics in Vietnam indicate that more than 2,800 traffic accidents were reported in the country in the first two months of this year.

More than 1,350 victims were reportedly killed in road accidents in January and February alone, Viet Nam News reported. However a report by the Ministry of Public Security and the Vietnam Maritime Administration showed that the number of casualties had dropped from the same two months last year, with 150 fewer deaths and 348 fewer injuries.

There were 1,295 traffic accidents reported in February alone. In those, 627 people were killed and 1,032 were left injured.

Khuat Viet Hung, the Deputy Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee said while traffic accidents have decreased from last year, serious accidents continue to cause great losses in terms of human lives and property.

The Deputy Chairman added that the authorities will continue to work to maintain traffic order and safety, as well as to reduce traffic congestion in upcoming festive seasons.