An continuing campaign to intensify the crackdown on foreigners in Ho Chi Minh City who breach traffic legislation and the vibrant debate it has created among local expats provoke many ideas on the role of legislation in Vietnam.

According to national statistics, around 500 traffic accidents in Vietnam each year involve foreigners, including deadly ones. Ho Chi Minh City's administration thinks this amount is worrisome and on a worldwide scale could have a negative impact on the picture of the city as well as that of Vietnam.

Since August 1, with this faith in mind, the town has initiated a campaign to educate foreigners on Vietnam's traffic laws and start handling foreign violators strictly after the instructional period finished on August 15. It is anticipated the campaign will last until the end of October.

The news immediately captured the expat community's attention in Ho Chi Minh City, many of whom think that they are being ' discriminated. '

In fact, swearing by the popular, time-tested Western proverb is not unusual for foreigners living in Vietnam: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

Should expats follow the “do as the Vietnamese do” mentality?

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Original text via tuoitre and photo courtesy of duongbo