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Vietnamese driver filmed driving wrong way on expressway given $323 fine, license revocation

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 11:20 GMT+7
Vietnamese driver filmed driving wrong way on expressway given $323 fine, license revocation
A dump truck (top left) runs in the wrong way on the hard shoulder of the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway in southern Vietnam on March 18, 2019, in this screenshot.

A Vietnamese truck driver who was filmed driving in the wrong direction on a major expressway on Monday night has turned himself in to authorities, pledging to never repeat the violation, even though he believed it would cause no danger given the then light traffic.

Nguyen Xuan Han, 25, was captured on video driving his dump truck against the traffic flow on the hard shoulder of the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway about 10:30 pm on Monday.

The man was booked on the same night, after which the traffic police department decided to slap him with a VND7.5 million ($323) fine and suspend his driving license for five months.

The driver also followed an order to present himself at a police station the following day, where he admitted his wrongdoing and explained why he ignored traffic rules in a written report.

A dump truck runs in the wrong way on the hard shoulder of the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway in southern Vietnam, March 18, 2019. Video: Viet Bac

Han said he accessed the road by mistake because he was a novice driver who did not know the road configuration.

After running around three kilometers there, he made a U-turn and drove wrong-way on the emergency stopping lane.

“I indiscriminately drove on the expressway, thinking that I would cause no danger since the road had light traffic,” he wrote in the report.

“I promise not committing any of such wrongdoings from now on,” he said at the end of the written report.

“I will willingly accept any punishments required by law.”

The expressway’s operator had said while the ghost driving was caught on CCTV cameras, the system failed to identify the truck’s number license plate because of the vehicle’s high speed and glare from the plate

The firm said the man’s wrong-way driving was likely to cause a tragedy as vehicles are allowed to run up to 120 kilometers per hour on the expressway portion he covered.

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