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Police to go after drunk drivers in select districts

Police in Seoul want to crack down on drunk drivers, and say they’ll start confiscating the vehicles of repeat offenders - and punish passengers in cars driven by drunks, too.

They also want to reduce motorcycle joyriding through parts of the city.

The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency headquarters in Jongno, central Seoul, said it’s particularly eager to clean up the streets in three to five areas in Seoul including Jongno and Gangnam, southern Seoul, where drunk driving is most common and where many bars and pubs are located. They say they’re planning a three-times-a-week crackdown.

If a driver is caught drunk three times, police said, his car will be confiscated. In addition, passengers in a car driven by a drunk driver will be subject to some form of punishment, the police said, but the level hasn’t been decided.

The police said they will also crack down on reckless driving by parcel delivery trucks and motorcycles by telling delivery companies and restaurant owners in 74 areas of the capital city to control their delivery people better. The police want motorcycle drivers not to drive on sidewalks or across crosswalks.

The police said selected citizens will be invited to observe the police’s operations.

The police will also dispatch more traffic police to chronically congested sections to crack down on drivers ignoring traffic signals.

By Kwon Sang-soo [sakwon80@joongang.co.kr]

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