Vietnam will deploy more police in urban centers as a three-month campaign to clamp down traffic violations by catching people in the act begins this Sunday, July 15.

The program will aim to punish those donít wear helmets in required areas as well as those who speed, drive under-qualified vehicles, drive without licenses, drink-and-drive, and those who run red lights.

Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh City already launched its own campaign today whereby police will intensify traffic patrols and slap heavy punishments on motorists not wearing helmets in designated areas.

The three-month effort will see traffic police posted around the clock at all highways where motorbike helmets are required.

When the city allowed traffic cops to impound motorbikes for up to 10 days for helmet violations in 2004, Thanh Nien found that some 85-90 percent abided by the code.

But since the 10-day impound stipulation was replaced by a three-day clause last year, only 30-40 percent have been wearing helmets and more fatal accidents have occurred, according to Thanh Nien.

During the first 6 months of the year, 231 accidents killed 187 people and injured 133 on 44 major routes requiring helmet protection in the city. Most fatal crashes involved those not wearing helmets.

Reported by V.C, M.D, H.N - Translated by A.N.O.N