By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News)–Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said Wednesday during an
event organized by Taiwan Against Drunk Driving (TADD) that the city’s proposal to tighten regulations on DUI, following lobbying effort by the TADD, has passed the preliminary reading at Taiwan’s Legislature on April 26. The amended law would require both the intoxicated driver and the passengers in the vehicle to bear criminal liability.
As the founder of TADD, Ko expressed his concerns over casualties caused by drunk driving and the mounting burden on the city’s police force to conduct sobriety checks. Statistics showed that over 25% of people imprisoned have been convicted of crimes related to DUI, he said.
According to Ko, his administration has allocated a significant proportion of the budget to anti-drunk driving campaigns since taking office. A cross-department task force was established in July 2015. [FULL STORY]