Over 17,000 drivers fined for drink driving

Traffic police nationwide have imposed fines totaling VND53 billion on more than 17,380 drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol in January, after Decree 100/2019 came into force at the start of the month, placing heavy sanctions on drunk drivers.

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A traffic police officer uses a breathalyzer to test alcohol levels in the breath of a car driver. Over 17,380 drivers were fined for driving under the influence in January - Photo: VNA

The police also revoked 10,700 driving licenses and seized over 17,380 vehicles last month, VnExpress reported, citing Nguyen Quang Nhat from the Traffic Police Department, under the Ministry of Public Security.

Among the violations, motorcyclists accounted for the majority, confirmed the official. He added that the provinces of Thanh Hoa, Dak Lak, the Central Highlands and Ho Chi Minh City had recorded a high number of drink driving cases, ranging from 672 to nearly 1,000 each. These localities saw a declining number of traffic accidents over the past month.

On being stopped by traffic police, hundreds of drivers were uncooperative. They refused to take breath tests and locked themselves inside their vehicles, according to the Traffic Police Department representative.

These acts resulted in the heaviest sanctions, with 26 drivers in Dak Lak, 19 in Ca Mau and 13 others in HCMC being fined.

Data from the source also revealed that HCMC, Ca Mau and Kien Giang saw many automobile drivers caught with the highest levels of alcohol content in their breath, exceeding 0.4 milligrams per liter of breath.

As the coronavirus continues to spread, the official noted, traffic police across the country must disinfect breathalyzers and use single-use pipes during the breath-testing activity.

Saigon Times