HCMC – The number of drink driving cases skyrocketed to over 7,700 during the seven days of the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, up nearly 600% versus the year-ago period, according to the Traffic Police Department.
The country has seen nearly 22,000 cases of traffic violations, with fines totaling over VND50 billion. The police have detained nearly 640 automobiles and 10,000 motorcycles, and suspended 5,000 driving licenses.
Over 7,700 cases were related to drink driving, accounting for over 35% of the total traffic violation cases, up nearly 600% over the nine days of the Tet holiday in 2022.
The northern province of Haiphong ranked first with over 600 drink driving cases, followed by Hanoi with 560 cases, HCMC and Quang Nam with 480 cases each, Thai Nguyen with 460 cases and Nam Dinh with 240 cases.
The Traffic Police Department reported that law enforcement strengthened supervision during Tet and set up many checkpoints on roads near pubs and restaurants.
For example, the police set up 141 checkpoints in Hanoi to supervise thousands of drivers on Lunar New Year’s Eve.
The strict supervision helped decrease the number of traffic accidents.
Within seven days of Tet, the country saw 152 road accidents with 89 deaths and 11 injuries, dropping by 12 accidents and three deaths over the same period last year, respectively.