Government to get tough on DUIs with heftier fines
CNATAIPEI--The introduction of stiffer penalties on March 1 could help curb drunk driving and raise public awareness of road safety, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said yesterday.
February 20, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
A total of 371 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2012, a 15-percent year-on-year decline, which signaled increasing public vigilance against driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), said transportation official Chen Yen-po.
The time is ripe, Chen said, for the ministry to implement tighter regulations.
Under the new law, the maximum fine for DUI will be raised from NT$60,000 (US$2,027) to NT$90,000.
Individuals found guilty of drunk driving two times or more over a period of five years, and those who refuse to take a breath alcohol test are subject to the maximum fine.
Meanwhile, the fines for all other types of DUI offences will increase by 50 percent.