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Officers impound car as travelers caught picnicking along northern Vietnam expressway

Monday, February 25, 2019, 16:00 GMT+7
Officers impound car as travelers caught picnicking along northern Vietnam expressway
A group of people park their car and picnic along the shoulder of the Noi Bai-Lao Cai Expressway in northern Vietnam on February 24, 2019. Photo: C.Nguyen / Tuoi Tre

Traffic police have impounded an automobile after they were notified that its driver and his friends were throwing a picnic bash along an expressway in northern Vietnam on Sunday.

A group of six people were caught eating and drinking along the hard shoulder of the expressway connecting Hanoi and the northern province of Lao Cai by a patrol team of the highway at around 1:15 pm.

The travelers also parked their car, a seven-seater Innova, on the path.

Upon discovering the incident, the expressway patrol team reported the case to the traffic police division under the Ministry of Public Security.

Police officers quickly arrived at the scene and decided to impound the car and are expected to impose a penalty on the vehile’s owner.

The wrongdoing was also filmed by a traveler along the expressway, who later posted a photo of the scene to social media.

Many people were angered by the wrongful action as this was the fourth time the same violation had occurred along the same expressway since the Lunar New Year earlier this month.

On February 6, the second day of the 2019 Lunar New Year, a man parked his car on the hard shoulder and enjoyed a picnic with his family.

They even live-streamed their party on Facebook.

He was later fined VND5.5 million (US$236.5) and had his driver’s license revoked for two months.

Two different groups of people were also caught on camera partying along the side of the expressway on February 15 and 16, but local authorities have yet to impose any punishment upon the violators.

Illegal parking along an expressway in Vietnam carries a fine of VND5 million ($215) to VND6 million ($258) and a one- to three-month revocation of driver’s licenses.

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