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Nearly 74,000 people killed on China's roads in 10 months
2006-11-01 16:04:01 Xinhua English

BEIJING, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- The number of road traffic deaths in China reached 73,955 in the first ten months of the year, eight percent fewer than the same period last year.

China's roads are among the world's most dangerous with more than 1,000 traffic accidents on an average day, according to a report released Thursday from the Ministry of Public Security.

The report showed that road accident figures dropped to 317,476 in the first ten months, down 15.1 percent, with 366,559 people injured, 26,564 fewer than last year.

However, police warned drivers to stay vigilant on the roads.

Records show November is one of the most dangerous months for China's road travelers, a police spokesman said, usually caused by a boom in transported goods, an increase in foggy weather, and motorists' negligence in maintaining their vehicles in the colder weather.

Police also asked holiday travelers to be more careful.

The October figures showed more people died on the roads on Sundays as vehicles were more likely to be overloaded with weekend travelers. Driver fatigue and speeding were also more likely on holiday.

Nearly 120 people were killed on the Sundays of October, 19.1 percent of the monthly death toll.

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