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Posted by Eric Mu on Monday, August 17, 2009 at 4:40 PM
The Ministry of Public Security's latest campaign intended to reduce the high rate of drunk driving has apparently worked: Today's newspapers are reporting on how drunk drivers have been stopped and punished and saying that the new policy has succeeded in changing people's driving habits.
In Guangzhou, on the night of August 15 alone, 101 offenders, including 85 for driving after drinking and 16 for drunk driving, were caught by the police. According to the New Express, this is almost equivalent to the total number for the month of May.
The reporter also noticed that the number of cars in parking lots of local restaurants had decreased steeply after the enactment of the Ministry of Public Security's "harsher punishment order". A restaurant employee told the New Express that the number of the cars were about one third of the usual number. Many customers have switched to taxis instead of driving themselves.
This has opened up a business opportunity too. Taking advantage of the perfect timing, some car rentals in Guangzhou has extended their services to driver renting.
In Hangzhou, according to a local daily newspaper Metropolis Express, a restaurant which has been offering a driving service to their customers, has found itself understaffed as there was a sudden burst of need after the policy was adopted. As the newspaper stated in its top headline: "Even the head chef was sent to drive".
On August 15, the Public Security Ministry started the nationwide campaign of "harsh punishment for driving after drinking behavior and preventing serious traffic accidents".
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