If suspected racers and those who drive dangerously in the north-central province do not obey traffic police, the latter will throw fish nets at the rear wheel of the motorbike.
Police say such methods are not dangerous like many tend to think. The net will get tangled in the rear wheel, hence will gradually slow down the motorbike, they say.
According to Thanh Hoa provincial police, this is a safe method for both violators and traffic goers.
The police started to use fish nets from October 28 last year and there have been no deaths or serious injuries to those caught in the net, they confirmed.
But this controversial method was halted for a while after the public raised suspicion that the nets could cause violators to fall down which was very dangerous as they were travelling at high speed.
Colonel Le Van Nghiem, head of the Thanh Hoa police said many opposed the method because they thought police cast the net onto the heads of racing violators - subjecting them to life-threatening dangers when the truth is they only threw the net onto the rear end of the fast-travelling bikes.
The measure has been approved by the Thanh Hoa Province Police Department and is applied only to drivers who illegally race, drive at excessive speeds, or zigzag on streets; not to those who commit normal traffic violations, Lieutenant Colonel My Duy Xuan, head of the city traffic police team, had earlier told Tuoi Tre.
The tactic is used only once racers or others driving dangerously do not stop their vehicles after they have been signaled to do so by traffic police officers.
In related news, according to statistics from the Ministry of Public Security, in the past three days, there were 129 traffic accidents nationwide killing 106 people, injuring 110 others, down by 13 fatalities and 32 injured cases compared with Tet last year.