Gov't moving toward a zero-tolerance DUI policy
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) is moving toward a zero-tolerance drink driving policy, regardless of whether drivers actually test below blood alcohol limits, a ministry official said yesterday.
February 2, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
According to new regulations, which will come into effect in March, the fine for DUI offense will be increased to NT$90,000, while people who repeat the offense within five years and those who refuse breathalyzer tests will be fined immediately and their licenses will be revoked on site.
People First Party (PFP) caucus whip Thomas Lee (李桐豪) held a press conference yesterday and said that the public needs to be especially vigilant against drink driving given that the Chinese New Year holiday is coming up soon.
According to National Police Agency (NPA) statistics, even with drivers who had drank but tested below blood alcohol limits, there was still a high number of car accidents that led to injuries and death; therefore, one shouldn't disregard the dangers of driving after consuming even small amounts of alcohol, Lee said.
The PFP caucus urged the NPA to release more public service announcements against drunk driving, and to carry out more spot checks during the New Year holiday.
The party also urged the administration to conduct research on precautionary detentions so that the Legislature can deliberate on whether to incorporate it into the nation's regulations for the prevention of DUI-related deaths.
The MOTC has always maintained that people shouldn't drive after drinking, regardless of the amount, said a ministry official, adding that it had decreased blood alcohol limits for further prevention.
The NPA said that it will increase its efforts to stop people from driving under the influence, and that if drivers do not cooperate with spot checks, they will receive a NT$90,000 fine as well as have their licenses revoked.