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Vietnam cracks down on 'Pokemon Go' driving

To many drivers in Vietnam, texting seems more important than following the law.

HANOI -- In Vietnam, home to more than 40 million motorcycles, the use of smartphones while driving has been a problem, with the popular smartphone game "Pokemon Go" taking part of the blame. The government is now cracking down.

Using a smartphone while at the wheel, be it that of a two-wheeler or a car, is banned in Vietnam. But many people, especially those in the capital Hanoi, do not seem to care. In fact, they are quite used to multitasking. A man driving down the street with his right hand holding the motorcycle's accelerator handlebar and the left hand operating his smartphone is a common sight. A 26-year-old restaurant worker said he is constantly distracted by incoming emails and messages but is confident about his safety because he is "used to" it.

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