CHINA China sees 10-pct drop in road-traffic fatalities

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China sees 10-pct drop in road-traffic fatalities

Xinhua

08:40, March 20, 2021

BEIJING, March 19 (Xinhua) -- China has seen the death rate in road-traffic accidents involving electric bikes, motorcycles and cars drop by over 10 percent year on year since the launch of a safety campaign last year, the Ministry of Public Security said Friday.

Heavy traffic on Beijing's street, October 9, 2020. (Photo: VCG)

For the first time since 2006, there has been a decline in the total number of deaths of electric-bike riders across the country, the ministry said.

Last year, the ministry launched a campaign requiring motorcycle and electric-bike riders to wear safety helmets, while motorists and passengers are now compelled to wear seat belts.

Starting on June 1, 2020, the riding of a motorcycle without a helmet is a punishable offense, as is driving or riding in a car without wearing a seat belt.

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