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Crackdown nets 313,000 drunk-drivers

POLICE have detained 38,000 drunk drivers in 313,000 cases in a nationwide crackdown since August 15, according to a senior official in the Ministry of Public Security.

The crackdown saw 280,000 driving licenses suspended, said Liu Zhao, deputy chief of the ministry's traffic police department.

The crackdown has saved more than 400 lives as fatal accidents caused by drunk driving have dropped by 32.7 percent, Liu said as quoted by China News Service today.

Liu also pledged that campaign will continue, although it was originally due to end on December 31.

"One other feature of the crackdown is that people are beginning to be aware that driving after drinking is deadly wrong," Liu said.

A series of manslaughter cases caused by drunk drivers have highlighted the problem.

Zhang Mingbao, a Jiangsu Province driver who killed five people, including a pregnant woman, and injured four others when his car mounted a crowded pavement last June, was jailed for life for endangering public security with dangerous means.

Zhang had nearly five times the legal blood alcohol limit.


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