A female driver was fined VND3.4 million (US$143) and had her driver’s license revoked for two months on Saturday for taking her hands off the steering wheel of her car to use her mobile phone while traveling on a street in Hung Yen Province, northern Vietnam.
A representative of a local traffic police team confirmed the penalties against her.
On February 10, a video of a young woman letting go of both hands while driving a Mercedes-Benz car to use her mobile phone, posing danger to other road users, was uploaded on social media.
The driver was determined as L.H.N., a 27-year-old resident of Van Giang District, Hung Yen Province.
Being questioned by police officers, N. admitted to her violations.
She said at 8:00 pm on that day, she drove a car bearing the license plate 30H-809.XX on Ecopark Street in Van Giang District.
She also asked her friend who sat next to her to record her act for uploading to TikTok.
“After the video was uploaded, it aroused many controversies, so I have deleted it," N. said.
“I have realized my violations, which caused danger to other road users. I will not repeat similar acts."
Police officers fined N. for using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt while driving a car.
Pursuant to prevailing regulations, car drivers will be fined VND2-3 million ($84-126) each if they use mobile phones while driving the vehicles.
In addition, their driver's licenses will be revoked for up to four months if their acts cause traffic accidents.
Furthermore, they will be fined VND800,000-1 million ($34-42) each for not wearing seat belts while driving the vehicles.