Drunk drivers should be charged criminally

Source: Pano feed

The directorate has suggested that the ministry ask law-making bodies to consider filing criminal charges against drunk drivers when their alcohol level is over 100 mg per 100 ml of blood or over 0.5 mg per liter of breath, local media reported, saying this suggestion is meant to improve road safety.

These proposed levels are higher than those at which drivers will be given the highest penalties in accordance with Government Decree 171/2013 on violations of traffic rules, said Nguyen Van Huyen, chief of the directorate.

Under the decree, drivers with alcohol levels of over 80 mg per 100 ml of blood or over 0.4 mg per liter of breath will be subject to the heaviest punishment, Huyen said.

He elaborated that such drivers will be fined VND10-15 million (US$465-697.5) if they are driving an automobile and VND2-3 million (US$93-139.5) if they are driving a motorbike.

The lawbreakers will have their vehicles impounded for a week and their driver’s licenses revoked for two months, the directorate chief noted.

A criminal treatment of drunk drivers is a necessary measure to lower the number of traffic accidents caused by drunk driving, Huyen said.

In many other countries, drunk drivers may be prosecuted and face jail terms, in addition to pecuniary fines and revocation of driver’s licenses, he added.

As for drivers of vehicles overloaded with goods, they should be charged criminally when they repeat the act of carrying a load over 150 percent of the highest allowable volume after they have already been given an administrative fine for the same behavior, the official said.

Driving vehicles that way has become common in Vietnam, posing threats to other drivers and damaging many roads, Huyen said.

Đăng ký: VietNam News