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Intoxicated tour bus driver fined

LOCAL traffic police are intensifying their crackdown on drunk driving and in the latest case, a tour bus driver was fined and his driving license suspended after he was caught driving under the influence of alcohol while taking 25 tourists on a downtown tour on Sunday.

The bus had no operation license and was confiscated by traffic law enforcement team.

The bus, carrying 25 tourists on a one-day city tour, first came to notice after it was parked illegally near the intersection of Xizang Road M. and Hanzhong Road in downtown Huangpu District at 8:30am, traffic police said.

When officers checked onboard the bus, they sensed alcohol fumes. An alcohol-blood test revealed the driver had been drinking.

Worse: checks revealed that the bus's operation license had expired last year.

The driver allegedly told police that he had consumed two bottles of beers the night before setting out for work.

The tour agency had to arrange another bus to take the tourists around about an hour later.

The tourists, angry and worried, said they were still in talks with the agency about compensation.

Huangpu traffic police claimed that cases of drunk driving have been on the decline in downtown as police beef up checks and drivers come in for severe punishment. But they did not disclose figures. Drunk drivers face double demerit points on their licenses under a new rule that came into force on April 1.

Traffic police in downtown districts are now doing on-the-spot checks to crackdown on drunk drivers, including overnight action.

In a recent check in Jing'an District from Friday night to Saturday morning, the police nabbed seven drunk drivers along Yan'an Road W.

While in another accident over the weekend, a man was killed after crashing his scooter into a roadside light mast in Pudong's Nanhui Area.

The accident happened about 7:20pm on Sunday as the scooter made a turn. Witnesses said the man was driving very fast.

Police are still investigating his driving license and checking whether the scooter had been refitted to have more power.


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