Traffic accidents and injuries caused by taxis and long-distance tourist buses increased in the first half of this year, the city's traffic police said yesterday.
Forty-five traffic accidents involved local taxis, a 7 percent increase on the first half of last year. Police said the accidents, which caused 24 deaths and 31 injuries, were the fault of the taxis. In the same period last year the figures were 18 deaths and 18 injuries.
Speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, running a red light, using a wrong lane and not properly giving way to other vehicles were among the most frequent causes of the traffic accidents, according to police statistics.
Qiangsheng and Haibo were cited as the companies whose drivers caused most accidents, seven and four respectively.
Local long-distance tourist buses were blamed for nine traffic accidents, causing seven deaths and five injuries, in the first half of this year, police said.