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Police to increase road checks during Festival

By Wang Huazhong (China Daily)

09:54, January 06, 2012

BEIJING - The Ministry of Public Security on Thursday urged police to "resolutely carry out" road safety checks and traffic management in the wake of deadly accidents ahead of Spring Festival, when hundreds of millions will be rushing home.

By Thursday, the death toll from Wednesday's bus accident, in which a vehicle carrying 57 passengers veered off a highway bridge in Southwest China's Guizhou province, had risen to 18.

Among the 40 injured, six are in critical condition.

According to the ministry, the country this year has already seen half a dozen accidents in which five or more people were killed, and another two accidents that killed more than 10.

The ministry urged police forces to be deployed as much as possible on sections of roads where accidents tend to occur to check violations including speeding, overloading and fatigued driving.

Such checks will be carried out on long-distance coaches, vehicles carrying hazardous goods and school buses.

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