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HCMC police launch breath-testing campaign
The Saigon Times Daily
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HCMC police launch breath-testing campaign

The Saigon Times Daily

Police officers in HCMC’s Thu Duc District escort a container truck driver (C) who is found to have abused three types of drugs on Sunday – PHOTO: DAN TRI NEWS WEBSITE

HCMC – The Road and Railway Traffic Police Division under the HCMC Police Department on Tuesday launched a breath-testing campaign across all of the city’s 24 districts to prevent traffic accidents caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Lieutenant Colonel Huynh Trung Phong, head of the division, was quoted by the Vietnam News Agency as saying that drivers will be tested for alcohol and drugs before, during and after the Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet.

He said the testing is being carried out between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. of the next day until February 16, targeting drivers of cars, buses, trucks, motorbikes and scooters.

During the first phase, the division will coordinate with the mobile units of police motorcyclists and the ward police officers to check the drug and alcohol levels of drivers’ blood.

If drivers are found to have signs of doing drugs, the force will work with healthcare workers to determine the type of drug in their blood and then hand over the drugged drivers to the competent authorities for sanctions.

In the second phase, the division will cooperate with grassroots police officers and workers from preventive healthcare centers to examine the possible abuse of stimulants among professional drivers around Mien Dong Coach Station, Mien Tay Coach Station and Cat Lai Port, among others.

The move is also meant to detect violations involving expired driving licenses, and cargo and passenger transport business conditions.

The breath-testing campaign follows a deadly accident in the Mekong Delta province of Long An on January 2, when a container truck ploughed into dozens of motorcycle riders waiting for the green light at an intersection.

The accident instantly killed four people and injured 18 others. The truck driver turned himself in to police hours later, and quick tests showed drugs and alcohol in his blood.

This Sunday, police officers examined 30 drivers and driver assistants of container trucks in the Truong Tho Port area in Thu Duc District, HCMC. The inspection took place over two hours, during which drivers were given a clinical urine test. The result revealed that four of them had consumed drugs before driving.

Speaking of drivers under the influence who caused serious traffic accidents, Phan Anh Minh, deputy director of the HCMC Police Department, said that the city aims to modify some regulations that impose additional fines on vehicle owners, apart from drivers.

Vehicle owners will have to bear legal liability if they know their drivers are using drugs but still allow them to drive their vehicles, or force them to transport overweight goods or exceed speed limits.

The country’s largest economic hub reported 3,643 traffic accidents last year that claimed the lives of 702 people and injured 2,517 others, down 245 cases, or 6.3%, with three deaths and 440 injured, from a year earlier.

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