Police seize woman's bicycle after she was caught DUI

By Pham Du   March 29, 2023 | 10:03 pm PT
Police seize woman's bicycle after she was caught DUI
A traffic police officer tests a cyclist for alcohol in Yen Chau District of Son La Province, March 29, 2023. Photo by the police
Police in northern Vietnam have fined a woman VND80,000 (US$3.41) and seized her bicycle for seven days after she was found to have been driving under the influence of alcohol.

The 47-year-old woman was found to have had an alcohol level of 0.073 mg per liter of breath as she was riding her bicycle in a village in Yen Chau District of Son La Province on Wednesday.

She was stopped by traffic police who were on duty at a checkpoint to test if people were driving under the influence.

She told the police that her family makes wine for a living and therefore she usually tastes the product. She also said that she thought she would not get into trouble if she was riding a bicycle.

Yen Chau police said the case is the first ever in the district when a cyclist was fined for DUI. In accordance with Vietnamese law, anyone driving with alcohol present in their body faces either a fine or criminal charges.

Under current regulations, alcohol concentration of more than 80mg/100 ml of blood or 0.4mg/l of breath attracts the highest fines of VND30-VND40 million ($1,293-$1,724). Drunk driving only results in criminal prosecution when it causes accidents or other consequences.

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