Tough drunk driving penalties mulled

REPEAT OFFENDER: A driver who killed two people had a blood-alcohol level well in excess of the legal limit and was caught driving under the influence twice last year

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 04, 2019
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Ministry of Justice officials and lawmakers yesterday said they would push for more

Premier Su Tseng-chang appears in a Facebook video warning people against drunk driving. The overlay text reads: “Driving drunk and killing someone is the same as intentionally killing someone.”  Photo: Screen grab from Su Tseng-chang’s Facebook account

severe penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol after two people were killed on Saturday in an apparent drunk-driving incident.

Officials said they would also propose an amendment to allow homicide charges against DUI offenders.

Chen Jui-ying (陳瑞盈), 48, was allegedly driving in the wrong direction on a road in Taichung’s Dali District (大里) when he plowed into three motorcycles, then hit a taxi and four parked cars, police said.

A 21-year-old man surnamed Peng (彭) and a 25-year-old woman surnamed Cheng (鄭) were struck while riding their motorcycles and died, police added.    [FULL  STORY]

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