​Vietnamese still jaywalk despite new law including jail terms

Jaywalking has remained an unsolved problem in Vietnam despite heavier penalties stipulated in a new regulation that took effect at the beginning of this year. The amendments to the Penal Code, which came into force from January 1, 2018, included stricter punishments upon pedestrians who violate traffic laws. Jaywalkers will be jailed if their offense either results in at least three deaths; harm to at least three people with the total bodily damage ratio of 201 percent; or property damage worth at least VND1.5 billion (US$66,150). The jail terms for the offenders range from seven to 15 years. However, many pedestrians are still breaking traffic regulations on a daily basis, risking their own lives and the safety of others. Habit According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters on Saturday, residents were defying dangers as they crossed the streets and even climbed over the median strips along National Highway 1 and Hanoi Highway in Ho Chi Minh City. At the section of No Trang Long Street in front of the Oncology Hospital in Binh Thanh District, hundreds of patients, family members, and doctors were crossing the busy road despite the presence of a pedestrian bridge. A similar situation was also recorded in front of the Tu Du Hospital in District 1, Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital in District 5, and near the Suoi Tien footbridge in Thu Duc District. It is difficult for drivers to avoid these jaywalkers, Truong Thi Nhan, a drink vendor near the Suoi Tien footbridge, said, adding that… [Read full story]

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