|Police in the northern province of Điện Biên conduct drug tests on drivers. — VNA/VNS Photo Phan Tuấn Anh|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Police across the country had arrested 22 drivers who tested positive for heroin over the past four days, according to the Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security.
On Friday morning, police in the northern province of Điện Biên tested a total of 75 drivers, three of whom tested positive for heroin.
Police in the northern province of Lai Châu reported they had caught 13 drivers after testing 500 this week.
Colonel Bùi Gia Lượt said nine of them were coach drivers while the others were driving trucks.
The numbers reflect the danger threatening road safety, especially given the province’s mountainous landscape.
In the central province of Bình Phước, police also found three drivers who tested positive for heroin on Tuesday.
Drivers were also arrested in HCM City, Nghệ An and Hà Nội this week.
A 10-day crackdown is being conducted nationwide to stop coach and truck drivers from drinking alcohol or using drugs.
The move follows deadly accidents involving truck drivers who tested positive for alcohol and heroin. The latest case happened in Hải Dương Province on Monday, which left eight people dead and injured seven others.
Earlier this month, a container truck hit 21 motorbikes waiting at a red light in the Mekong Delta province of Long An, killing four people and injuring 18 others. The driver tested positive for heroine and alcohol. — VNS