Vietnamese traffic police officers have handled more than 5,700 cases of driving under the influence (DUI) during an ongoing nationwide crackdown which began ten days ago.
The exact number of DUI cases booked by the traffic police between March 15 and Wednesday amounted to 5,752, including 5,693 drunk-driving violations and 59 road users driving under the influence of drugs.
In these cases, 3,202 driver’s licenses were revoked and 5,752 vehicles were impounded.
The total fines imposed on these violations amounted to nearly VND20 billion (US$865,850).
Notably, 37 DUI cases were booked on national highways and expressways.
Traffic police in Vietnam will continue their patrols until June 14 as part of a month-long nationwide campaign to crack down on traffic violations.
During this campaign, police officers are authorized to pull over drivers for any reason, regardless of whether or not they have probable cause, a deviation from current laws which stipulate that vehicles may only be stopped if they show signs of traffic violations.
Officers are allowed to review road users' documents, examine their vehicles, and perform breathalyzer tests.
Drivers will be free to go if they are found committing no violation; otherwise, fines will be imposed.