Maximum fines handed to DUI violators
By Joseph Yeh, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan --At least two repeat DUI offenders were given NT$90,000 traffic tickets yesterday — the first day of stiffer DUI penalties.
March 2, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The penalty is the maximum fine for DUI offenses.
The two tickets were issued by police authorities in Taipei and Kaohsiung. Both incidents took place around 1 a.m. when police were conducting spot-checks, during which they asked drivers for a breathalyzer test, the Chinese-language United Evening News said yesterday.
Both violators were repeat offenders. Aside from the traffic tickets, both offenders' driving licenses will be suspended for three years.
The maximum fine for the same offense was originally set at NT$60,000.
The government decided to amend the previous laws and subsequently raised the maximum penalties in an attempt to curb drunk driving and raise public awareness about road safety.
The National Police Agency said that it had recorded a total of 106 cases of DUI-related offenses before noon since the new regulations came into effect.