Collaboration between police, civil security forces and families is a prerequisite for effectively dealing with illegal motorcycle racing, speakers said at several discussion forums in the city.
The discussions were organised by the HCM City Traffic Police in several districts, including Binh Thanh and District 8 on September 23 and 24, to collect ideas on measures to stop illegal racing among teenagers in the early hours of the morning.
The trend of illegal racing from past midnight to 5am has spread out among the districts since June, shortly after city police successfully clamped down on racing from 10pm to midnight by setting up barriers with reflective paint on several streets.
It was revealed in the discussions that the collaboration between different stakeholders had proved effective when civil security forces in wards noted teenagers who were sleeping at daytime and reported the information to the ward police.
Basing on the reports, policemen worked with families of the daytime sleepers to find solutions to prevent the teenagers from joining illegal racing.
At the same time, police also provided a list of suspected illegal racers to the civil security forces, to help identify the suspects or their families.
According to Sr. Lt. Col Vo Van Van of HCM City Traffic Police, the police has identified 2,583 teenagers and temporarily seized 2,495 motorbikes in 238 cases of illegal racing so far this year.
Lt. Col. Tran Van Cuong of District 8 Police Division said police should get commitments from motorbike repair shops to stop working with the illegal racers.
"Racers often have mechanics expand the cylinder capacity for more powerful engines or de-install the brake system," he said.
"Repair shops should be banned from operating in case they are discovered to be working with racers," said Sr. Lt. Col Le Van Doan of the District 10 Police Division.
Tan Binh District Police and the police team at District 6's Phu Lam Intersection recommended that police are equipped with cameras to film the racers to facilitate recognition and identification. They also called for more high-speed motorbikes to chase the racers.
Many participants said those who cheer the races should also be fined strictly.
Ton That Huynh Ai, chief doctor at the Cho Ray Hospital's emergency department, said they received around 50 cases of traffic accidents a day. Most hospitalisations involved accidents at high speed, and many of the victims either died or were crippled for life, he said.
Some racers caught by the police have said that they wanted to try racing just once for its excitement, while others have said they were persuaded to do so by friends. — VNS