Police in Ho Chi Minh City impounded more than 100 vehicles and made reports of countless traffic violations on Saturday night as people flooded citywide streets to celebrate Vietnam’s triumph at the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Championship.
A representative of the traffic police division under the municipal police department confirmed they had dealt with 141 offenses and confiscated 115 vehicles on Saturday night alone.
Among them, 53 people did not wear safety helmets, 13 were under the influence of alcohol, three committed wrong-way driving, and two violated noise limit with their motorbikes.
About 70 other road users were fined for breaking other traffic regulations.
Officers also sanctioned 14 people whose excitement got too extreme.
One serious accident happened between a tanker truck and a motorcycle at 10:30 pm, killing one person, said Nguyen Ngoc Tuong, deputy head of the Ho Chi Minh City Traffic Safety Committee.
“Aside from that, the situation across the city was still under control,” Tuong assessed.
|Football fans celebrate on top of a tractor-trailer in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
Major streets in the southern metropolis, as well as in other localities across Vietnam, once again became a sea of red last night as the national football team won the AFF Championship for the first time since 2008.
The Golden Stars beat Malaysia 1-0 in the second leg of the final on their home turf in Hanoi, securing a 3-2 aggregate triumph to win the regional title.
As Vietnam is known for celebrating any victories of their beloved football team, Saturday’s feat has unsurprisingly sparked nationwide celebrations.
This is what known as di bao, literally translated as “going like a storm,” in Vietnamese.
The celebration involves people taking to the street, usually on their motorbikes, with the national flags and anything that can ‘make some noise,’ literally, to glorify the triumphs of the country's national football team.