Five New DUI Penalties Announced in Kaohsiung 高雄酒駕者須到殯儀館服勞務 累犯限制住居

Kaohsiung government announced that DUI drivers should do community service at funeral parlors. 

Kaohsiung Police's Nanzi Precinct reported 16 DUIs from the 27th to the 30th. The city government then announced five further anti-DUI measures on the 29th. Those who are guilty of drinking and driving or who have delayed prosecution have to perform labor services at funeral parlors. Repeat offenders are restricted to house arrest during the investigation period. If there is a serious casualty or trying to escape after the accident, the prosecutor can apply to hold the suspect in custody. Prosecutors can also prosecute repeat offenders in the direction of unintentional homicide. The prosecutor will quickly conclude investigations of DUIs that cause serious casualties and hope that the court will issue a heavy sentence.

Tung Chien-hung, Director-general, Information Bureau, Kaohsiung: “As far as I understand it, this includes assisting in cleaning bodies to show respect for those who died naturally. We hope they learn to respect the lives of others through this process. ”

In addition to the five measures, Kaohsiung City Government has also studied to revise the law to include drunk driving reporting as part of the city's monetary reward program. 

Resident: “(Funeral home service) will serve as a warning and heavy punishment is necessary.”
Resident: “They should just assist. Of course they cannot be responsible to clean the body from start to finish.”

The public believes that funeral home services can be intimidating and they also support heavy penalties. Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-yung also declared that counties and cities will expand DUI checks during the Lunar New Year holidays.

Hsu Kuo-yung, Minister of the Interior: “We will strengthen and expand DUI inspections. We will need to adjust officers' duties without affecting their vacation time.”

Chen Ja-chin, Director-General, National Police Agency: “DUI check is an important task for the police. It's a continuous job and definitely not a periodical task.”

Police stated that DUI check is a long-term and not a periodical task. The National Police Agency respects public opinions regarding DUI penalties and will express its position through amendments to the law. 













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