Da Nang police say probing bribe-taking allegation

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Overloaded trucks are major threat to traffic safety in Vietnam, but somehow the problem has managed to persist. Photo credit: chinhphu.vn Overloaded trucks are major threat to traffic safety in Vietnam, but somehow the problem has managed to persist. Photo credit: chinhphu.vn

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Police in Da Nang City said they are investigating an accusation by a local official that some traffic police officers received bribes from drivers of overloaded trucks.
Vo Duy Khuong, Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Da Nang, said that he had seen two police officers on motorbike followed an apparently overloaded truck on Vo Nguyen Giap Street.
The officers, however, let the truck go after a person in the truck gave them some money, he said at a meeting on September 25
“I did not bring my cell phone, or we would have had a very clear case,” Khuong was quoted by news website VnExpress as saying.
Le Van Tam, Da Nang police chief, said any wrongdoing would be "strictly dealt with" and the investigation result would be made public.
Tam said investigators would also meet with Khuong for more details, such as the time of the incident.
Official Da Nang sources said the city spends around VND60 billion (US$2.67 million) every year fixing roads damaged by overloaded trucks.
Huynh Duc Tho,  Chairman of Da Nang's People's Committee, once said that the damage is so bad that any officer found protecting such trucks “will be fired.”

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