DGH considers ‘funeral’ classes for drunk drivers

FREEZER CONTENTS: Courses for drunk-driving offenders in spaces in funeral parlors are more likely to help them understand that drunk driving can be fatal, the DGH said

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 03, 2019
By: Cheng Wei-chi  /  Staff reporter

Amid calls for harsher penalties for drunk drivers, the Directorate-General of Highways (DGH) yesterday

New Taipei City Funeral Parlor in the city’s Banciao District is pictured on Feb 19.Photo: Chen Wei-tsong, Taipei Times

said that it plans to have repeat offenders take life education courses at funeral parlors.

Each year, there are more than 100,000 cases of driving under the influence (DUI), 40,000 of which involve repeat offenders, government statistics showed.

Current laws require people caught driving intoxicated for the first time to take a six-hour course, while repeat offenders must take a 12-hour course over two days.

Last year, 76,142 first-time DUI offenders and 4,211 repeat offenders took the courses. From 2015 to last year, 330,462 offenders attended 5,969 courses, DGH statistics showed.    [FULL  STORY]

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