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Vietnam man faces run-in with law for allegedly traveling 1,700km in under 20 hours on bike

Saturday, December 21, 2019, 17:06 GMT+7
Vietnam man faces run-in with law for allegedly traveling 1,700km in under 20 hours on bike
A screenshot of an update about the bike trip on the To Ha Dong Nghi Facebook account

The National Traffic Safety Committee has requested the Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security to inspect and verify the case of a young Vietnamese man who claims to have ridden a motorbike for 1,700 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in less than 20 hours.

The action seriously violates regulations on traffic safety, the National Traffic Safety Committee said in a written request.

Photos chronicling the dangerous trip were constantly uploaded on the Facebook account named To Ha Dong Nghi between December 17 and 19.

In the captions of these photos, the owner of the account claimed to have completed the 3,600-kilometer round trip between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in 19 hours 45 minutes each leg, including time for short rests, refueling, and personal hygiene.

“[I am now] 25 years old and have just completed my trip across Vietnam, this time full of speed and in 19 hours 45 minutes from [Ho Chi Minh City] to Hanoi,” a post on the account To Ha Dong Nghi reads.

Nghi continuously gave updates on his whereabouts whenever he reached a milestone during the three days.

A screenshot of an update about the race on the To Ha Dong Nghi Facebook account
A screenshot of an update about the bike trip on the To Ha Dong Nghi Facebook account

Each of these posts received up to 13,000 likes and reactions and hundreds of comments on the social media platform.

Many commenters wrote that it takes about 54 hours to complete such a 3,600km distance at the speed of approximately 66 km/h, without any break.

And to race 1,700 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in less than 20 hours, one needs to ride their motorbike nonstop at the average speed of 85 km/h.

Both of these speeds violated Vietnam’s effective law on traffic safety, which regulates that motorbikes can only run at a maximum speed of 60km/h on roads through densely populated areas, and 70km/h on roads outside of densely populated areas. 

Therefore, the young man in question apparently disregarded the regulations, imposing serious threats on other public traffic participants if his claims were true.

The National Traffic Safety Committee has asked the Traffic Police Department to strictly handle the violation if it is proved genuine.

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