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Tougher rules on drunk driving head toward legislature

Staff writer, with CNA

Government agencies have reached a consensus to raise the penalties for drunk driving, including preventive detention, to help curb traffic accidents, the Executive Yuan said.

The decision to revise the law was reached by the ministries of justice, transportation and communications, defense and the interior, and the Department of Health in a recent meeting convened by Minister Without Portfolio Luo Ying-shay (羅瑩雪).

A proposal will be sent to the legislature to amend Article 185-3 of the Criminal Code, Article 54 of the Criminal Code of the Armed Forces and Article 114 of the Act Governing the Punishment of Violations of Road Traffic Regulations (道路交通管理處罰條例), the Cabinet said.

A proposed amendment to Article 101-1 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (刑事訴訟法) would allow law enforcement officials to detain people driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), the Cabinet said.

Under the proposed revisions, drivers with breath alcohol levels of between 0.15mg and 0.2 mg, or blood alcohol levels of between 0.03 percent and 0.04 percent, could be fined between NT$15,000 and NT$90,000 and have their driver’s licenses suspended for a year.

Drivers who record 0.25mg or higher on a breathalyzer test, or have blood alcohol levels of 0.05 percent and over, will be put into preventive detention and could be sentenced to up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of NT$200,000, the proposal states.

Drivers found culpable in DUI accidents that cause injury to others could be sentenced to between six months and five years in prison, according to the proposal. In a DUI incident that results in death, the sentence would be from one to seven years in prison, the proposal said.

At present, drivers who test in the 0.25mg to 0.55mg range on breathalyzer tests are fined, while those who test above 0.55 mg are charged under the Offenses against Public Safety Act (公共危險罪).

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