TOUGHER PENALTIES: The nation’s first case in which two passengers were fined for riding with a drunk driver happened in Hsinchu City, the National Police Agency said
Date: Jul 03, 2019
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter
Police on Monday caught 357 people nationwide on drunk driving charges as tougher penalties ondriving under the influence (DUI) came into effect, National Police Agency statistics showed yesterday.
Lawmakers passed amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act (道路交通管理處罰條例) in March.
The agency on Monday launched a nationwide crackdown on DUI that is to run through today.
The agency said 198 of the drivers had a blood alcohol level of more than 0.25 milligrams per liter (mg/L), adding that 62 were car drivers and 136 were motorcyclists.
Police fined 25 people traveling with the drunk drivers, issuing tickets of NT$600 to NT$3,000, the agency said. [FULL STORY]