By: Wang Yang-yu and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, May 31 (CNA) Taiwan’s Legislature passed an amendment to the Criminal Code Friday setting a maximum punishment of life imprisonment for repeat drunk drivers who cause death while driving under the influence (DUI) within five years of conviction.
The amendment was proposed to add the penalties for repeat drunk drivers to Article 185-3 of the Criminal Code.
Under the new rules, convicted drunk drivers, or those who receive a deferred prosecution verdict for DUI will be subject to imprisonment of up to life from a minimum of five years if found guilty again for causing death in DUI cases within five years of conviction.
The new regulations also set a penalty of imprisonment from three to 10 years for repeat drunk drivers in cases in which people are severely injured. [FULL STORY]