Truck driver fined for going wrong way on Saigon expressway

By Son Hoa, Huu Cong   March 19, 2019 | 11:57 pm PT
Truck driver fined for going wrong way on Saigon expressway
A segment of the HCMC - Long Thanh - Dau Giay Expressway. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Cong
A truck driver was fined VND7.5 million ($322) after he was captured on camera running against the emergency lane on an expressway in HCMC.

His license has also been revoked for five months.

Nguyen Xuan Han, 25, the truck driver, was running on the emergency lane of the HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway in the wrong direction on Monday night. The truck was flashing its priority lights, forcing other vehicles to make way, according to a two-minute video that has been widely shared on the internet.

Surveillance cameras on the expressway captured the truck’s movement at about 10:30 p.m. When relevant authorities tried to intervene, the truck was already off the expressway.

"This behavior is especially dangerous," said Nguyen Thi Hoai Phuong, vice director of the Vietnam Expressway Services Engineering JSC, which manages the expressway connecting HCMC and the nearby Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces.

Han said he recently moved to HCMC and did not know the road well.

On Sunday, three teenage boys were captured on a video riding bicycles on the expressway, meant only for four-wheeled vehicles. They could be fined between VND400,000 and VND600,000 ($17-26).

Road crashes are a leading cause of death in Vietnam, killing almost one person every hour. More than 18,720 accidents occurred last year, killing 8,244 people and injuring nearly 14,800, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.

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