BEIJING -- The Ministry of Public Security on Wednesday issued an early warning to raise awareness of road safety during the Spring Festival travel rush that begins Friday.
Vehicles line up to pass a toll station in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning province, Sept 30, 2012. (Photo: Xinhua)
In the past five years, there were on average about 90 traffic accidents with three or more casualties during the travel rush period, and almost 30 percent of the total deaths from traffic accidents in cities happened during this period, according to the ministry.
Based on the analysis of the potential volume of traffic, the characteristics of trips and weather in the upcoming travel rush season, the ministry said maintaining road safety faces tougher challenges this year.
It warned travelers of growing risks of accidents brought by the increasing number of private vehicles on the road, citing the rising proportion of accidents caused by private vehicles from 2015 to 2019.