Stricter penalties suggested for illegal racing in southern Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh City should sack officials who help free illegal motor racers and it should not return the racers' bikes if it wants to stop illegal racing, National Assembly deputies said at a Monday meeting.


Illegal motor races have raised the threats to street security in the city as well as nearby localities such as Binh Duong and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Provinces. Some police officers have been injured or killed trying to stop such races.


There are cases in which the racers after being sent to police stations would call higher-ranking officers to get them free.


Those officers need to be sacked in an effort to stop the crime, Tran Du Lich, an economist and deputy head of HCMC National Assembly delegation, was cited as saying in a VnExpress report.


Lich said HCMC is a big city and if it lets illegal racers do whatever they like, it will prove that "the laws are inadequate and not determined to stop illegal racing."


He said that the situation is getting worse because the penalties are not strong enough and concerned agencies have been passive when dealing with it.


Other deputies at the meeting also suggested stricter penalties to discourage the racers, such as taking the racers' motor bikes forever.


Deputy Huynh Thanh Lap, head of the city NA delegation, said HCMC should learn from Da Nang on how to deal with illegal racers.



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In Da Nang, the motorbikes of illegal racers are seized and sold for charity funds.


Racers' bikes in HCMC, meanwhile, are only kept for a certain time until the racers pay the cash fine.


Nguyen Ngoc Tuong, a city traffic safety officer, suggested the racers be detained for "criminal responsibility" at the second time being caught.


All the opinions have been reported to the city legislators.


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