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Drunk driver blamed

A DRUNK driver who crossed over into oncoming traffic was to blame for a head-on crash that killed five people last Sunday, city traffic police said yesterday.

Driver Yang Hui, who died in the collision, had a blood alcohol level of 1.42mg/ml - almost double the legal limit of 0.8mg/ml, said police.

Two people were also injured in the accident on a highway in Qingpu District.

Officers said the accident tragically illustrates the dangers of drunk driving.

"This exposes problems of which we must be fully aware," said Chen Zhikang, head of the city traffic police department.

Chen said this year as of Tuesday, 710 people have died in 1,599 road accidents in Shanghai. The death toll is 9.2 percent down on the same period last year, with a fall in injuries also recorded.

The Qingpu accident and a bus crash in the Pudong New Area, in which 12 people died, were the most serious accidents so far this year.

On September 14, a bus carrying workers slid and struck barriers, leaving 12 dead and the same number injured.

"These are high-profile cases," said Chen. "But great danger also lies in reckless driving on a daily basis."

Police said as of Tuesday, they have recorded 500,000 speeding offences and 250,000 cases of drivers running red lights.

Authorities also said they would increase checks on inter-province buses, after an increase in accidents.

Yesterday, a female moped rider was killed after being crushed by a truck at a crossroads in Zhabei District at about 8am. Witnesses said the rider ran a red light and the truck was traveling at speed.


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