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Join forces against drunk driving

By Vino Lin 林美娜

We demand that the ruling DPP, which has full control of the legislative and executive branches of government, bear full responsibility for the progress of this bill. There is a rare cross-party consensus for the proposed amendments, so the bill should be given priority and passed during the current legislative session so that it can take effect as soon as possible.

The amendment that previously increased the heaviest criminal penalty for causing death by drunk driving is known as the “Tseng Yu-tzu clause.” However, during the four years that have passed since Tseng was killed, no judge has handed down the maximum penalty allowed by the clause to someone convicted of drunk driving.

Why are judgements so different from what ordinary people would want them to be?

Drunk driving is suicidal and it is also indiscriminate to the taking of life. Life is precious, so the campaign against drunk driving is a campaign for human rights.

People who signed the petition for caning are respectfully invited to join us in endeavoring for the goal of zero tolerance for drunk driving.

Vino Lin is secretary-general of Taiwan Against Drunk Driving.

Translated by Julian Clegg

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