Police ditch DUI arrests as metric

IMPROVEMENTS: 6The fiancee of an officer killed while pursuing a suspect urged for the quotas to be abolished, better safety gear and harsher penalties for drunk driving

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 14, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The National Police Agency is to stop using driving under the influence (DUI) arrests as a performance metric for police officers and push for stiffer penalties for the offense.

The agency made the announcement on Tuesday in the wake of a fatal crash on Aug. 28, when an officer was pursuing a DUI suspect on a motorbike who had refused to comply when he was pulled over by police.

While pursuing the suspect, officer Hsueh Ting-yueh (薛定岳) of the New Taipei City Police Department’s Sijhih Precinct (汐止), who was also on a motorbike, crashed into a divider and died later in the day after sustaining head injuries.

On Tuesday, Hsueh’s fiancee, known only by her surname, Hou (侯), posted an emotional message on Facebook calling on President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to institute reforms regarding the performance metrics for police officers.    [FULL  STORY]

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