The Ho Chi Minh City traffic police will step up patrolling to prevent street racing, which they said is likely to increase during the summer vacation and the South East Asian Games in June.
“Illegal racing has occurred more often recently,” Major Huynh Trung Phong of the traffic police said.
“Many youths have abused the occasion of special events to gather for night races.”
Such races have taken place on streets like Ta Uyen, Vo Van Kiet, Hong Bang, Hai Thuong Lan Ong, Ba Hom in Districts 5, 6, 10, and 11, he said.
“They no longer gather in large groups but race 5-6 motorbikes and have others look out for the police.
“They also film the race and post online to show off and get others to join their races.”
The traffic police fear the racing could increase during the SEA Games from June 5 to 16 and the upcoming summer vacation.
“In June the city traffic police will coordinate with other divisions and district police units to crack down on illegal motorbike racing,” Colonel Tran Thanh Tra, the city traffic police chief, said.
Plain-clothes crime branch police would also patrol and arrest racers, he said.
The police have so far this year seized 4,627 motorbikes for alleged street racing or doing dangerous stunts like wheelies.
At a recent conference on the issue, many experts called for opening more playgrounds for youths, including for legal motorbike races to prevent illegal street racing.