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Tougher crackdown considered on drunk driving

DRUNK driving records could be sent to a driver's employer and taken into account in career evaluations under possible new public safety initiatives.

It is one of the measures the country's transport authority is considering to put a stop to behavior endangering public safety, an unnamed official with the transport administration of the Public Security Ministry told today's People's Daily.

The tougher measures are being evaluated in the wake of a series of severe traffic accidents involving drunk driving.

Among the measures, a two-month crackdown on drunk driving will be implemented nationwide, the official disclosed.

Crackdowns have been adopted as a major method in fighting drunk driving because traffic police are understaffed to make 24-hour checks, the official explained. In 2008, there were 250,000 traffic police officers nationwide overseeing the country's 3.73 million kilometers of roads, each is in charge of 15 kilometers of road on average.

The Ministry organized three crackdowns on drunk driving in the first half-year, respectively on February 20, March 5 and March 20, according to the official.

In the February crackdown, more than 100,000-plus officers were deployed and more than 3,000 drivers detained for drunk driving, he told the newspaper.

Statistics indicated in the first six months, the country's police cracked 222,000 drunk driving cases, 8.7 percent up from the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the Ministry will continue public road safety education, the official said. More than six million yuan had been earmarked in the past few years on the safety campaign, he noted.


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