Num­ber of drunk driv­ers rises dur­ing World Cup

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

The num­ber of cases in­volv­ing people driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol have risen sharply since the FIFA World Cup in Brazil kicked off on June 12, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity.

In the first three days of the World Cup, which runs through July 13, po­lice na­tion­wide dealt with more than 570 cases of drunken driv­ing and 5,200 cases of drink­ing while driv­ing, an in­crease of 65 per­cent over the num­ber for the first three days of the World Cup four years ago.

“The sharp in­crease should be at­trib­uted to in­ten­si­fied po­lice checks and many people falsely be­liev­ing they can avoid le­gal pun­ish­ment,” said Liu Chunyu, a press of­fi­cer from the min­istry’s traf­fic con­trol bureau. (Photo 4)

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