Hanoi traffic police said they will use a photo taken by former England captain David Beckham during his recent visit to the city as an evidence to fine a woman who was shown violating traffic rules, a local newspaper reported.
Beckham apparently snapped the photo while he was in Vietnam’s capital city on Nov. 10, and posted it on his Facebook three days later with a comment, “I’m all for fans taking a picture but not sure this is the safest way to do it!” It has received more thank 669,000 Likes and 6,800 Shares.
The photo shows a woman rode her scooter with one hand while using her mobile phone to take photos of Beckham in a street of Hanoi. She wasn’t wearing a helmet, and was carrying a baby on the floorboard between her leg.
The Phap Luat (Law) newspaper on Saturday quoted Colonel Dao Vinh Thang, head of Hanoi Traffic Police Department, as saying that the police would clarify the information and “impose a fine to make an example” of the woman if she was found violating traffic rules.
“The result will be announced publicly,” Col. Thang was quoted as saying.
The fine for using mobile phone while driving is between VND60,000 and VND100,000, and that for not wearing helmet is VND100,000 and VND200,000, according to Vietnam’s traffic law. (US$1=VND21,300)
A screen capture of David Beckham's post of a motorist in Hanoi, who apparently violated traffic rules, on his Facebook
A screen capture of a Facebook post by a person in Hanoi, who is believed to be the woman seen in a photo taken by David Beckham.