Traffic Police to Breathalyze Motorists During New Year Festivities

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Vientiane Traffic Police New Year

Vientiane Capital traffic police convened last week to plan for strict regulation of traffic during the new year holiday period. The traffic police will begin breathalyzing motorists, as well as undertaking vehicle speed tests. Police will be stationed at over twelve different points around the capital, with the traffic blitz running from 25 December to 1 January 2018.

Lieutenant Colonel Youtaphong Souvannasing, Head of Vientiane Capital Traffic Police Division, said that to ensure that new year celebrations remain safe and secure, police are being reminded to strictly undertake their duties. Traffic police will remain at their posts to ease traffic congestion in the city center, and strict enforcement of the law will include speed restrictions, breathalyzing, and driver inspection points.

31 accidents occurred during new year festivities at the end of 2016, while a total of 1,500 road accidents, including 251 fatalities, occurred over the course of 2017.

It is hoped that the number of accidents can be reduced during the upcoming holiday, and that 2018 will see fewer road accidents than in previous years.

Source: Lao Post

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