Police campaign cracks down on drink driving

The National Traffic Safety Committee is cracking down on drink driving with a new campaign.

Artists of the Vietnam National Drama Theater A driver performs a breathalyser test on the Phap Van – Cau Gie Highway in Ha Noi. Starting December 15, traffic police nationwide will use breathalyser tests to identify drunken drivers.—VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan

Starting December 15, traffic police nationwide will use breathalyser tests to identify drivers who have consumed too much alcohol. They will also step up inspections during Tet, when holiday drinking leads to many accidents.

The committee will raise public awareness about the consequences of driving drunk and organise symposiums on the social responsibility of those who make, distribute, trade and advertise alcoholic beverages.

As part of the campaign, a number of bars in Ha Noi, Da Nang and HCM City will encourage their customers not to drive after drinking, create overnight parking places for customers and work with public transport services to bring customers home safely, according to committee vice chairman Khuat Viet Hung.

Drink driving causes 12,000 deaths in the capital each year. A survey of Ha Noi's major hospitals released last year revealed that 62 per cent of people involved in traffic accidents are under the influence of alcohol and more than half suffer serious brain injuries.

Alcohol decreases the ability of drivers to control their vehicles, causing blurred vision, lack of concentration and sleepiness. Reaction times also fall by 10-30 per cent.

Under current regulations, drivers can be fined VND2-15 million (US$95-714) for drink driving depending on the level of alcohol found in their breath or blood. They will also have their licences revoked for two months.


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