Police Officer Refuses to Take Breathalyzer Test 鳳山員警聚會返家拒酒測 罰18萬並扣車

A police officer surnamed Chien working at Kaohsiung City Police Department's Fengshan Precinct went drinking with friends on Dec. 13. He was pulled over for a Breathalyzer test on the way home. He refused to take it, and was fined NT$180,000 and had his vehicle confiscated. The precinct says the officer will receive a major demerit and be transferred.


A police officer surnamed Chien working at Kaohsiung City Police Department's Fengshan Precinct went drinking with friends on Dec. 13. Afterwards, he drove home. Along the way, he was pulled over to take a Breathalyzer test. He refused to be tested and was fined NT$180,000. His vehicle was also confiscated. His non-exemplary behavior as a law enforcement officer immediately made the news.

Chen Cheng-tzu, Chief Inspector, Inspection Section, Fengshan Precinct: “This precinct will give this officer one major demerit, adjust his service region, and advise him to retire early after assessing the driving safety issue.”

The police officer received a major demerit and will be transferred. Kaohsiung has seen several incidents of police officers engaging in drunk driving during the past two years. In September, a drunk police officer driving in reverse hit a traffic island and died. Taiwan has amended laws in recent years to increase penalties for drunk driving, and the number of accidents has declined. Statistics show that there were 6,154 DWI incidents between January and September this year. Although the number of incidents and injured people were fewer compared to the same period last year, the number of people killed increased by 28 to 233. 

Fu Hung-i, CEO, Taiwan Beverage Alcohol Forum: “Some people may consume food prepared with alcohol during meals or have a drink here and there. When they leave, they might not be aware that the alcohol they consumed has not yet been fully metabolized, so they may exceed limits when they're driving.”

Year-end parties are common, and the number of DWI incidents always rises during this time. At present, only passengers of vehicles with drunk drivers bear joint responsibility. One scholar says Taiwan can follow the example of Japan and hold the location and persons that provided the alcohol responsible.

 

 

 

 

高雄鳳山警分局一名簡姓員警,13日晚上跟朋友喝酒聚會後騎車回家,被其他員警攔查,卻在員警要求酒測時拒測,被開了18萬元罰單並扣車,身為執法人員卻做出最壞示範。

高雄鳳山警分局督察組長陳正資表示:「本分局依警察人員駕車安全考核實施要點,核擬記一大過並調整服務地區,另輔導其提前退休。」

員警事後遭警局記大過、調職等處分,不過高雄近兩年都零星有員警酒駕事件傳出,9月林園警分局一名員警酒後上路,結果逆向行駛、自撞安全島而不幸身亡。

台灣近幾年不斷修法、加重罰則,酒駕肇事確實有逐年減少,根據統計,今年1到9月的酒駕件數6154件,件數及受傷人數雖比去年同期少,但死亡人數233人卻增加28人,重罰效應慢慢減弱。

台灣酒與社會責任促進會執行長傅鴻懿說:「在聚餐的時候有吃到一些酒的料理,那斷斷續續的小酌,所以他離開的時候可能就沒有意識到,他今天可能喝的酒到身體裡,還沒有完全代謝掉,之後去開車那很可能就會超標。」

每到年底,公司或親友間的聚會一多,民眾因疏忽而酒駕的事件也跟著增多,但國內酒駕目前只有同車的人有連帶責任,警察大學教授蔡中志就建議可學日本,連提供酒的場所、人都要共同負擔連帶責任,從源頭管理來杜絕酒駕。

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