A 25 percent increase in the number of incidents involving driving under the influence (DUI) in the early hours is likely attributable to miscalculation of how long alcohol remains in the body, the Taipei Police Department said.
There were 2,281 DUI incidents in 2015, 2,795 in 2016 and 2,845 in 2017, the department said in a report.
Sleeping after consuming alcohol does not fully metabolize the substance, especially when hard liquor or food containing a great amount of alcohol — such as ginger duck — was consumed, Road Safety Association director Hsieh Ming-hung (謝銘鴻) said.
Eighteen minutes after eating ginger duck, Hsieh took a Breathalyzer test that showed his blood-alcohol content to be 0.09 milligrams per liter (mg/L), while another showed the level to be 0.14mg/L the day after consuming kaoliang liquor.
More than 47 percent of Taiwanese lack certain alcohol-
metabolizing enzymes, so more time is required to metabolize alcohol than most Americans or Europeans, Ren He Clinic doctor Kuo Tung-en (郭東恩) said.
Kuo recommended 24 hours of rest before driving after consuming spirits with an alcohol content of more than 30 percent, or 12 hours after drinking red wine or beer.
A short video made by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and the Taiwan Beverage Alcohol Forum seeks to educate the public about residual blood-alcohol levels.
The video would be played on major online forums and traffic safety lessons, as well as in Taiwan Taxi fleet vehicles, forum chairman Wang Te-le (王德勒) said.
Psychiatrist Tuan Yung-chang (段永章) recommended exercise to relieve stress instead of drinking alcohol.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
Two new commuter trains are scheduled to be launched in January next year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday. The acquisition of EMU-900 commuter train cars is part of the railway operator’s plan to replace 589 train cars that have been in operation for more than three decades. The agency has also placed orders to buy 600 intercity train cars. The first batch of 20 EMU-900 cars is to be delivered to the nation in September, although delivery might be delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. The batch would be formed into two trains of 10
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