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Bad driving crackdown

BEIJING'S roads authority is to crack down on traffic violations with more monitoring equipment and tougher penalties.

Truck drivers will be particularly targeted as they were responsible for a disproportionate number of accidents through overloading and fatigue driving, Beijing's Traffic Management Bureau said in a statement.

Truck drivers would face 10 to 15 days in detention and fines of up to 1,800 yuan (US$263) if they tried to avoid police checkpoints, it said.

The city recorded 148 truck-related accidents involving 178 deaths, representing 32 percent of Beijing's road fatalities in the first half of this year.

From January to July, 562 people died in road accidents in the capital.


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