Tougher drunken driving penalties take effect today
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- Heftier penalties for drunken driving, with the maximum fine to be raised from NT$60,000 (US$2,027) to NT$90,000, are set go into effect, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said yesterday.
March 1, 2013, 12:10 am TWN
The ministry hopes the new law, to take effect today, will curb drunk driving and raise public awareness about road safety.
A total of 371 people were killed in drunk driving incidents in 2012, a 15-percent year-on-year decline, which signaled increasing public vigilance against driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), according to the ministry.
Individuals found guilty of drunk driving two times or more over a period of five years, and those who refuse to take a breathalyzer test, will be subject to the maximum fine.
Meanwhile, the fines for all other types of DUI offenses have been increase by 50 percent.