Chinese police launches two-week clampdown on drunken driving for "two sessions"

The Ministry of Public Security has ordered a two-week clampdown on drunken driving, so as to ensure a sound traffic for the Spring Festival holidays and the coming "two sessions" of China's top legislature and advisory body.

The campaign, scheduled from Feb. 20 to March 5, will put surrounding areas of restaurants, bars and entertainment clubs under police stakeout, according to the ministry.

It asked local police to handle drunken driving cases strictly in line with the traffic law and pay attention to evidence collection work.

According to the law, offenders will face a fine of up to 2,000 yuan (263 U.S. dollars) and 15 days in detention.

The ministry also encouraged to use TV, radio, mobilephone text messages and electronic screens along the road to instruct drivers about the harms of drunken driving.

China's lunar new year of 2007 starts on February 18 and the holidays will extend for a week.

Two sessions, referring to the annual sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in March, are considered the most important annual political events of China.

Source: Xinhua

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