| Xinhua | 2013-2-17 0:58:01
Traffic accidents during this year's Spring Festival were down about 50 percent from last year, according to a Saturday statement from the Ministry of Public Security (MPS).
No serious fire-related accidents or firework-related deaths were reported during the holiday period from February 9 to 15, said the statement.
A fire-related accident is defined as "serious" if the death toll reaches between 10 and 30.
A highway toll exemption policy was in place during the festival this year, which increased traffic flow.
It was the second national holiday that the country provided free travel on toll roads and this time no heavy or large-scale traffic congestion was reported.
Traffic accidents in which three or more people died dropped by 76.7 percent year on year, according to the statement.
During last year's Spring Festival the MPS reported a 34.3 percent drop in traffic fatalities, during the week-long holiday.
Fire departments across the country dispatched 47,000 inspection teams and ordered 282 enterprises to close or halt production because of potential fire hazards, said the statement.
Twenty-five million people attended 1,784 large-scale activities across the country during the holiday, including 371 events that attracted more than 10,000 people.
All of the events ran safely and smoothly, said the MPS statement.
The MPS also reported a dramatic drop in traffic fatalities last year, when 1,795 road accidents killed 547 people.
Xinhua - Global Times
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