BEIJING (Xinhua) – A total of 17,264 Chinese motorists were banned from driving for life in 2018, according to the Ministry of Public Security.
Among them, a total of 5,149 faced criminal prosecution for causing serious traffic accidents while under the influence of liquor.
The remaining 12,115 were involved in serious hit and run cases, the statement said.
The ministry also announced that the death toll in traffic accidents dropped by 0.9 percent from 2017 to 2018, while the number of serious traffic accidents that caused 10 or more deaths was reduced by 44.4 percent year-on-year to just five.
The country has registered 22.85 million new automobiles and 22.55 million new drivers, with 86,000 km of highways put into operation in 2018.
The ministry estimated that about 2.46 billion journeys will be made by road in 2019 and pledged to be well prepared for the approaching Spring Festival holiday peak-season.
Drink driving and speeding are two important risk factors in China causing a large number of crashes each year.