A district's chairman and head of its traffic safety committee in Thua Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam on Sunday confessed to receiving a fine for driving under the influence of alcohol, which is prohibited by Vietnamese law.
Phan Cong Man, chairman of the People’s Committee of Phu Loc District in Thua Thien-Hue, said that he drank two cans of beer at a party at noon on Saturday and then went home to rest.
Around 11:00 pm on the same day, Man used his car to pick up his child, who was returning from tutor classes, and was pulled over at a sobriety checkpoint established by a traffic police team, who operates under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Public Security.
Man fully adhered to the protocol, he claimed.
Following the breathalyzer test, the results showed that he registered a concentration of 0.064 milligrams per liter of breathing air.
Vietnam strictly prohibits driving with any level of breath or blood alcohol concentration.
“I was subjective in my thinking, believing that I had consumed only a small amount of beer earlier in the day and had since rested for many hours so that no alcohol was left in my system,” said Man, who is also head of the Traffic Safety Committee of Phu Loc District.
“Therefore, I drove to collect my child.”
Man expressed his commitment to fully adhere to the punishment for his violation as stipulated by the law.
Nguyen Van Manh, secretary of the Phu Loc Party Committee, noted that subsequent to the incident, Man promptly reported it to the district’s Party Committee.
Manh further mentioned that the Party Committee will conduct a thorough assessment of his case before employing an appropriate method of criticism.
Under current regulations, a fine ranging from VND6 million (US$247) to VND8 million ($330), accompanied by a driver’s license revocation for 10-12 months, shall be imposed on drivers with an alcohol level of under 50 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood or 0.25 milligrams in one liter of breathing air.