Ma praises police effort to prevent DUI offenses
By Grace Soong, The China Post
June 16, 2012, 12:04 am TWN
The China Post--President Ma Ying-jeou commended the police force for efficiently catching drunken drivers over the past two weeks of a nationwide crackdown on people driving under the influence (DUI), yesterday, at the Police Day celebrations in Taipei.
A total of 210,000 police officers have stopped over 350,000 drivers, among whom over 31,000 people were actually tested for their blood alcohol content (BAC). Of those tested, 3,800 were fined, and 3,053 were sent for further investigations.
Judging from the statistics, approximately 21 percent of the driving population failed to obey the law, Ma said, commending the police for doing "pretty well." Of the five cities and Taoyuan, Taipei had the most number of people being stopped for BAC tests but the least number of fines or people being sent for further investigations.
"Those who like to drink in Taipei are very alert; they know not to drive after drinking," the president said, pointing out that long-term DUI inspections could indeed lead to drivers avoiding driving after drinking. The president also voiced expectations for other regions in Taiwan to catch up with Taipei.