Drunk Driver Hits Family of Four, Kills Mom 高雄酒駕釀1死3傷 累犯無照仍上路

On Dec. 26, a drunk driver surnamed Huang struck a family of four, killing the mom and injuring the dad and two daughters. He was a repeat offender who'd had his license revoked and was driving without a license.


A dark blue sedan hits a family of four at the intersection of Kaohsiung's Hedong Road and Guomin Street. The mother, who was hit head-on and dragged, died on-site while the father and two daughters suffered minor injuries. A passenger in the car fled the scene of the accident while the driver refused to be questioned until the next morning.


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The driver ignores the police's question. This driver was caught driving under the influence multiple times since 2006. As a repeat offender, his license had been revoked and he was driving without a license when he killed the woman. The victim's neighbors and borough chief were extremely saddened by her death as she was a kindhearted woman who was an asset to her community.

Chen Shih-bao, Borough Chief: “She was such a good person. Ask anyone around here. She was a good, kindhearted person. When I heard (the news), I was so angry.”

Tung Chien-hung, Director-General, Kaohsiung City Information Bureau: “The mayor is in a rage and has ordered the transportation bureau and police to step up traffic safety enforcement.”

The passenger in the car turned himself in on the 26th. He claimed he tried to dissuade the driver from getting behind the wheel, but to no avail. As he chose to get into the car anyway, he faces a fine of NT$600 to NT$3,000. The Kaohsiung City Government says police have already been asked to wrap up the investigation as quickly as possible. Civic group Taiwan Against Drunk Driving, meanwhile, says it doesn't matter if drunk driving penalties are increased when judges often let drunk drivers off the hook with light sentences.

Kao Shu-chen, Secretary-General, Taiwan Against Drunk Driving: “Causing death or severe injury while driving under the influence is punishable by five years to life. Judges should not let drunk drivers off the hook with a light sentence.”

The group says the drunk driving rate only goes down when there are enough police checkpoints. It hopes the police will do its part with the holiday and year-end banquet season approaching.

 

 

 

 

深色轎車來到高雄河東路、國民街口時,撞上要逛市集的林姓一家四口,媽媽遭強力撞擊拖行當場死亡,爸爸跟兩個女兒也受傷,幸好沒有生命危險,當時車上還有駕駛的朋友,第一時間離開現場,肇事駕駛拒絕夜間偵訊,一早才到派出所製作筆錄。駕駛面對提問,不發一語,但他被警方查出,民國95年、98年都有酒駕違規紀錄,車禍當時,他因為98年酒駕,5年內又再犯,早是被吊銷駕照的狀態卻還無照開車,釀成這起悲劇,也死者鄰居相當不捨,當地里長說,酒駕讓熱心服務鄰里的林家人家庭破碎,真的太可惡。

里長陳世寶:「那麼好的人,我們這邊鄰居你去問問看,那是很善良的人,一聽到(酒駕撞的)我也是很氣。」
 

高雄市新聞局長董建宏:「市長震怒,並且指示交通局、警察局,必須加強道安大執法。」

肇事車輛同車友人,26號晚間自行到案,雖聲稱有規勸對方,被奪走鑰匙,但最後還是坐進車內,依法連坐裁罰600到3000元,面對這起重大酒駕傷亡,市府也要求警方嚴懲速辦,但酒駕防制關懷協會認為,即使修法重罰,若法官判決時沒有重判,還是無法有效防治。

酒駕防制關懷協會秘書長高淑真:「酒駕累犯致死以及重傷。可以處以無期徒刑到5年以上的有期徒刑,法官的審判必須依照重刑去量刑,不應該輕判。」

協會表示,多年來經驗判斷,只要警方取締夠多,酒駕比例就會降低,隨著尾牙春酒旺季又將到來,加上疫情趨緩,恐又更多民眾飲酒,呼籲警方加強取締。

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