KMT lawmakers demand action on DUI legislation

OUTRAGE:KMT  legislators said they have proposed several amendments to stiffen penalties against drunk driving, but the Cabinet has yet to respond to them

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 22, 2019
By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus yesterday urged the Executive Yuan to step up efforts to

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus whip Johnny Chiang, fourth left, is accompanied by KMT caucus secretary-general John Wu, third left, and legislators Arthur Chen, second right, Lin Yi-hua, right, and Lu Yu-ling, second left, as he speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: CNA

tighten rules against driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or narcotics.

In the wake of a recent spate of deaths resulting from drunk driving incidents, lawmakers across party lines have submitted more than 20 draft amendments in a bid to strengthen penalties for DUI.

However, aside from Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) expressing his “rage” on Facebook, the Cabinet has yet to propose any amendments, which raises the question of whether it is serious about tackling the problem, KMT caucus whip Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) told a news conference at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei.

In 2013, lawmakers raised the maximum prison term for a DUI incident that resulted in a death to 10 years, which has helped reduce the number of drunk driving cases, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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