Ministry backs ignition interlock devices: source

RESERVATIONS: The transportation ministry said no similar device exists for motorcycles and a drunk driver could ask a sober person to unlock the device for them

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 26, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff Reporter

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications supports the use of ignition interlock

A graph released on Dec. 14 last year shows varying levels of impaired brain function resulting from alcohol consumption and the probability of becoming involved in a traffic accident relative to blood-alcohol concentration.Photo courtesy of Taichung City Police Department Traffic Police Corps

devices to curb drunk-driving recidivism, a source close to the ministry said.

The ministry’s apparent change in stance came after a meeting of the legislature’s Transportation Committee yesterday.

The committee was charged with conducting a preliminary review of proposed amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act (道路交通管理處罰條例) ahead of a plenary session today.

Lawmakers could push the amendments through their second and third reading today if negotiations between legislative party caucuses and ministry officials go smoothly.

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