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Repeat DUI offenders may be fined up to NT$90,000

Drivers caught driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) twice in five years will be fined up to NT$90,000, according to a recent amendment to the Act Governing Punishments for Violations of Road Traffic Regulations (道路交通管理處罰條例). The amendment was passed yesterday morning at the Legislative Yuan.

In addition to drunk drivers, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications initially proposed to fine passengers riding in the same car. The proposal, however, was dropped because the National Police Agency (NPA) believed it would be difficult to enforce.

According to NPA statistics, DUI cases, which have been increasing every year, are the No. 1 cause of traffic accidents. Furthermore, of the 113,000 DUI cases last year, one out of three drivers was a repeat offender.

In order to curb recidivism, the maximum fine was increased from NT$60,000 to NT$90,000. Moreover, drivers who don't stop at checkpoints or refuse to take DUI tests will also be fined up to NT$90,000, as well as be forced to take road traffic safety courses.

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