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Nearly 10,000 drunk-driving cases booked in Vietnam traffic police's intensive campaign

Sunday, May 31, 2020, 12:22 GMT+7
Nearly 10,000 drunk-driving cases booked in Vietnam traffic police's intensive campaign
A traffic police officer measures the breath alcohol concentration of a driver in Vietnam. Photo: Danh Trong / Tuoi Tre

Traffic police across Vietnam have booked nearly 10,000 cases of driving under the influence of alcohol over the past 15 days, as part of a month-long campaign to inspect road users in the country.

Officers dealt with more than 194,300 traffic violations from May 15 to 29, according to the traffic police division under the Ministry of Public Security.

The offenses involved 7,226 passenger buses, 2,148 trailer trucks, 25,189 trucks, 15,349 automobiles, and 138,482 motorbikes.

Traffic police units revoked nearly 12,900 driver’s licenses and impounded approximately 30,280 vehicles.

Common violations included speeding, failure to wear crash helmets, and lack of driver’s licenses and vehicles registration certificates.

Notably, a total of 9,952 road users were booked for driving under the influence of alcohol and 143 for driving under the influence of drugs in this period.

Traffic police in the Southeast Asian country will continue their patrols until June 14 as part of a month-long nationwide campaign to inspect road users and vehicles.

During this campaign, police officers are authorized to pull over drivers, whether or not they have violated traffic rules, for an administrative inspection.

The current law states that traffic police officers can only pull someone over when they have found signs of violations.

Officers are allowed to review road users’ documents, examine their vehicles, and perform breath tests on them.

Drivers will be free to go if they are found committing no violation; otherwise, fines will be imposed.

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