Many locals used magnets to retrieve tire-puncturing nails on a section of National Highway 1 in Linh Xuan Ward, Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City on Monday afternoon, with some of them each collecting two kilograms of these metal objects in an hour.
The sharp nails were allegedly scattered along the section near Linh Xuan Overpass by vehicle repair shop owners, sparking public outrage.
Locals were collecting these dangerous objects at 1:00 pm on the same day.
Phan Dinh Hung, a 46-year-old motorbike rider, said that he held a magnet to pick up these nails at several locations on the road early in the morning to prevent commuters’ vehicles from running on them.
His act was aimed at ensuring the safety of commuters.
According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, a series of sharp nails with a rhombus shape and blue color were spotted on the route.
|A vehicle used to pick up sharp nails on National Highway 1 in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied|
The nails were supposedly scattered to trap commuters.
Among the collectors, some picked up over two kilograms of nails each in an hour.
Do Hoang Thinh, a resident of Linh Xuan Ward, who fell victim to tire-puncturing nails in the past, said that nail scattering on the route has existed for many years.
“It is necessary to take an assertive action to clamp down on the problem to ensure traffic safety,” he said.
Nguyen Thanh Hai, chairman of the Linh Xuan Ward People’s Committee, said that the administration has repeatedly asked forces to conduct regular patrols on the route to remove nails and prevent nail scattering.
The administration will team up with the authorities of An Binh Ward, and Di An City in neighboring Binh Duong Province, to impose harsh sanctions on those who are found scattering nails on National Highway 1, said Hai.