SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in on Monday called for efforts to ensure public safety during the upcoming Lunar New Year's Day holiday, when more than 80 percent of the entire population is expected to be on the road.

"What I wish to specially ask for ahead of the new year's holiday is safety. I sincerely hope it will be a holiday with no casualties from three types of safety accidents car accidents, fires and industrial accidents," the president said in a weekly meeting with his top aides at his office Cheong Wa Dae.

About 50 million people are expected to hit the road at some point during the five-day lunar new year holiday that will start Saturday. This year's Lunar New Year's Day falls on Feb. 5.

"What I wish to especially highlight is road safety," the president said.

The number of people killed in car accidents during the annual holiday season has been on a steady decline from 60 in 2016 to 43 in 2017 and 37 in 2018, according to Moon.

"But it is still not a small number," he said, according to Cheong Wa Dae pool reports.

He ordered the government to launch a nationwide campaign against drunk driving.

"I ask you to mobilize all available resources to help reduce car accidents and prevent drowsy driving and drunk driving," said the president.

Source: Yonhap news Agency