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Driver fined $730 for wrong-way driving on northern Vietnam expressway

Monday, February 17, 2020, 15:32 GMT+7
Driver fined $730 for wrong-way driving on northern Vietnam expressway
A car is spotted moving wrong-way on the Hanoi - Hai Phong Expressway in northern Vietnam in this screenshot taken from CCTV footage.

A driver was slapped with a hefty fine and had their driving license revoked on Monday for driving against traffic on an expressway connecting Hanoi and the northern city of Hai Phong.

CCTV cameras installed on the Hanoi - Hai Phong Expressway detected a car moving on the wrong side of the high-speed road at 9:27 am on Monday, the company in charge of the road’s management and operation confirmed on the same day.

The vehicle was running against traffic in a lane that allows a top speed of 120 kilometers per hour, the company added.

The car had been moving wrong-way for a total of 4.8 kilometers before it was pulled over by traffic police officers at 9:35 am the same morning near a toll station in Hai Phong.

The driver was slapped with a hefty fine of VND17 million (US$730), which is around five times the basic monthly income in Vietnam, and had their driver’s license revoked for six months.

Driving wrong-way on an expressway is a violation punishable by VND16-18 million in fine and a driver’s license revocation of 5-7 months, according to a government decree stipulating fines for road traffic violations in Vietnam.

The Hanoi – Hai Phong Expressway runs for 105.5 kilometers connecting the Vietnamese capital with the port city located to its east.

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