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A truck driver in Tangshan, North China’s Hebei Province, committed suicide by drinking pesticide after he was told that similar regulation violation would be fined 2,000 yuan ($305) as his satellite positioning system was found offline while driving, violating the road rules. His suicide has triggered heated discussion online on whether the fine is inconsiderate, and more broadly, how to better ensure safe driving and business environment of truck drivers.
On Saturday, the investigation team set up by the city to probe the incident issued an official notice, saying that the driver committed suicide immediately after he was told by the checkpoint staff that according to provincial transportation regulations, similar violation (driving while satellite positioning system being offline) could incur a 2,000 yuan fine. No clash occurred between him and the staff, and during their conversation, the fine penalty wasn’t imposed, according to the notice.
The Beijing News reported on Thursday that the driver, Jin Deqiang had his vehicle impounded for not having his Beidou positioning system connected as he drove his truck through a checkpoint in Fengrun district, Tangshan on Monday. He then drank pesticide at the site and later died after doctors failed to rescue him.
Jin’s son told the newspaper that he had seen the surveillance footage and believed the staff at the scene did not try to stop his father from drinking pesticide, and failed to rescue him in time.
According to the official investigation, after finding that Jin’s satellite positioning system was offline, the staff directed him to park the truck at the checkpoint and told him to wait for further inspection. Instead of accepting the inspection, Jin immediately walked to a nearby supermarket to buy pesticide.
After returning to the checkpoint, Jin asked the staff what penalty he was going to receive. The staff checked related regulations and info