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City launches campaign to tackle drink driving

Update: April, 17/2014 - 09:40

HCM CITY (VNS) — A Drink Don't Drive public awareness campaign will be conducted in HCM City by the Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam in coordination with the non-profit organisation International Centre for Alcohol Policies.

Public information about the campaign as well as enforcement will be implemented at designated bus stations in the city through 2015, according to the Directorate.

The campaign is part of a larger programme to reduce the increasing number of drunk drivers on the roads.

Under the programme, training courses in traffic law enforcement and alcohol-abuse prevention will be held to improve the management capacity of traffic-police inspectors. Breath alcohol-testing devices will also be given to the inspectors.

Duong Hong Thanh, deputy director of the city's Department of Transport, said drunk drivers with a blood-alcohol concentration level of more than 50 mg per 100 ml of blood would be fined VND7-8 million (US$330-380).

Drivers with a level of more than 80 mg alcohol per 100 ml of blood would be fined VND10-15 million ($470-710).

The programme's pilot phase was initially conducted from 2011 to 2012 in Dak Lak and Khanh Hoa provinces.

The International Centre for Alcohol Policies is working closely with transport departments in the two provinces to continue the project through 2015. —VNS

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