Brief: Police Make Example of Traffic Cop Caught Drunk Driving

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Deputy traffic police chief Muon Sopkha photographed in an inebriated state driving his car Wednesday night. (Phnom Penh Municipal Police)
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Phnom Penh’s deputy traffic police chief caused an accident while drunk driving on Wednesday night and was fined about $100, municipal police said.

Phnom Penh police chief Sar Thet named the officer as Muon Sokha, deputy chief of the municipal traffic police department.

“I followed law enforcement the same [as for anyone else]. He got drunk and damaged the hospital fence. We fined him 400,000 riel according to the law,” Thet said, explaining that there would be no further punishment.

An online statement by municipal police said the accident happened at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday in Boeng Keng Kang district.

The official was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser while drunk, it said.

According to Article 77 of the Traffic Law, a person driving under the influence who is found to have 0.40 mg of alcohol per liter of breath or 0.80 g of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood can be imprisoned for one to six months and fined $200 to $1,000.

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