Shanghai police have reported pulling over a notably increased number of drunk drivers since the World Cup began, with many said to be footie fans who’d stayed up until morning getting sauced while watching the games.
Shanghai Daily reports that Shanghai cops pulled over more than 20 drunk drivers on Thursday, the opening World Cup match.
One driver, a 25-year-old named Zhou, was caught when he’d tried to reverse on an elevated road after spotting a police checkpoint 20 meters away. Officers pulled him over and detained him when they found he’d been drinking.
Most found drunk-driving had been at a bar watching the games, which are broadcast in the wee hours of the morning for fans in China.
Fearing an increasing trend, officers said they will now step-up early morning checks, with heavy patrol around restaurants and bars. The checks will be more frequent after the final whistle in Brazil, according to the report.
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