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Preventive detention for drunk drivers considered

‘KILLING MACHINES’:A proposed amendment would allow repeat offenders to be detained for up to two months before indictments, to protect other people

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter with CNA

Meanwhile, police said they would be happy to see Ma’s ideas put into practice, because “it would save a lot of trouble.”

However, they also expressed concern over the legality of detaining drivers who test below 0.55mg, saying police officers could be found liable of obstructing personal liberty.

Vice Minister of Transportation and Communications Chen Chien-yu (陳建宇) also said that under the current law, drivers must register at least 0.55mg on the breath alcohol test before police can turn them over to prosecutors.

If Ma wants to lower the level, the ministry will provide the justice ministry with the relevant statistics for reference, Chen said.

The National Police Agency said it recorded about 124,620 drunk driving cases last year, 376 of which involved fatalities.

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