HCMC – Drink driving surged on the first day of the Lunar New Year, or Tet, January 22, 3.5 times higher than last year.
Local traffic police handled 2,091 cases of traffic violations, with 729 of them involving drink driving and 122 related to speeding. They detained 75 automobiles, nearly 1,100 motorcycles, and 12 other vehicles.
Fines for those cases amounted to VND4.2 billion, and 405 driving licenses of all kinds were suspended.
The same day saw 17 traffic accidents, leaving 11 people dead and 16 injured.
Compared to the same period last year, the number of accidents dropped by one case but the number of injuries increased by 5.
Most of the violations and accidents occurred on the roads, and one accident on the railways.