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DUI crackdown nets 242 motorists

SHANGHAI traffic police said yesterday that 242 motorists who drove under the influence of alcohol were caught in the city within two hours on Saturday night, the first day of a two-month nationwide campaign against drunk driving.

More than 500 policemen participated in the crackdown on Saturday and over 100 checkpoints were set up around drinking venues and ramps that lead to elevated roads.

One drunk driver tried to flee after being asked to pull over at a checkpoint at 8:45pm, Huangpu District traffic police said. He was caught and police said his blood alcohol level was 0.55 milligrams per milliliter.

The legal definition of a drunk driver is a blood alcohol level of 0.8 milligrams per milliliter. Driving under the influence is when the blood alcohol level is between 0.2mg/ml and 0.8mg/ml.

Police said the motorist will be fined and his driving license will be suspended for three months.

A drunk driver can be fined and detained for at least 15 days and their license suspended for six months.

A motorist's license will be revoked if he or she is caught drunk driving twice within a year, the Ministry of Public Security said on Friday.

Those who drive under the influence usually face a fine and a license suspension.

Meanwhile, a 19-year-old driver died on Saturday morning in a suspected drunk driving case when he smashed his car on an elevated road in Huangpu District.

His friend was injured in the accident, police said.

The driver, surnamed Zou, crashed his car into a barrier wall about 3am. The car flipped over and caught fire, a witness said.

Yuan Weiming, a cabbie who helped extinguish the fire, said the driver was stuck in the car but that his friend was able to crawl out.

Zou's friend said they were drinking alcohol before the accident, according to police.

Zou's blood alcohol level will be released this week, police said.

More than 30,000 motorists have been caught for driving under the influence this year in Shanghai.


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