Three teenage boys were caught on camera pedaling along the hard shoulder of an expressway connecting Ho Chi Minh City and the southern province of Dong Nai on Sunday morning.
The incident was filmed by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters along the Ho Chi Minh-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway at around 7:48 am.
The three teenagers were riding their bicycles along the hard shoulder, before turning around and exiting the route at 8:27 am the same day.
A representative from the Vietnam Expressway Services Engineering JSC (VEC-E), which manages the expressway, later confirmed the case to the correspondents after reviewing footage of surveillance cameras.
The boys were cycling on a section near the expressway’s entrance in Ho Chi Minh City, the representative continued, adding that they must have done it out of curiosity.
Some foreigners were also caught pedaling on the route on the same morning, he stated, adding that the VEC-E quickly asked them to exit the road after learning of the incident.
According to the representative, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists are banned from traveling on the expressway, which is clearly stated on the traffic signs at the entrance of the route.
|The boys are caught on surveillance cameras of the Vietnam Expressway Services Engineering JSC (VEC-E). Photo: VEC-E|
Vehicles running along the path are monitored by a system of CCTVs installed at different sections, he elaborated, adding that the VEC-E would coordinate with traffic police officers to deal with any incidents detected.
“There used to be specialized teams responsible for the task, but competent authorities later disbanded them as they thought the traffic signs and CCTVs are sufficient,” he stated.
Stretching approximately 55 kilometers, the Ho Chi Minh-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway was open to traffic in early 2014.
The road links District 2, Ho Chi Minh City with Thong Nhat District in Dong Nai Province.