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Campaign launched to curb drink driving

Update: October, 01/2013 - 14:00
A policeman makes a alcohol test to a driver in Ha Noi.— Photo autopro

HA NOI (VNS)– The National Committee for Traffic Safety launched a three-month campaign to strengthen communication, patrol and punishment over drink driving violations this morning.

Vice head of the committee Nguyen Hoang Hiep said this was one of 12 key measures to curb road traffic accidents this year.

In addition to activities to raise public awareness over the issue, this campaign also targets alcohol producers, especially domestic ones, who can join by printing warnings on their products, he said, noting that in Viet Nam, four foreign producers did so including Heineken and Tiger.

According to a survey by market researcher Euromonitor International, Viet Nam, with population of about 90 million people, sees a yearly beer consumption increase of ten per cent. Each person, on average, drinks about 30 liters of beer per year, which is more than the average amount for other South east Asian country and ranks forth in Asia, just behind Japan, Korea and China.

According to the World Hospital Organisation, drink driving is a major cause for road traffic injuries in Viet Nam.

Statistics from the major hospitals show that 30 per cent of the people that died in road accidents were found to have a blood alcohol content exceeding the allowed level of 50 mg per 100 ml of blood. -- VNS

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