By: Chen Wei-ting, Wang Yang-yu and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, Feb. 25 (CNA) The idea of confiscating vehicles used by drunk drivers in traffic accidents has
received the support of Taiwan’s transportation minister, but he said supporting measures are needed to make sure vehicle seizures are applied consistently.
Speaking at a hearing of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee, Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) also said he agreed that those causing another person’s death while driving under the influence (DUI) should be charged with voluntary manslaughter.
He said his ministry will work with the Ministry of Justice to raise the penalties for drunk driving.
Lin was responding to an appeal by ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Yeh Yi-jin (葉宜津) to confiscate vehicles as a remedy for the ongoing spate of DUI offenses in Taiwan that continue to take a heavy toll on human life. [FULL STORY]