Penalty for Refusing Breathalyzer Test Increased 拒絕酒測 罰18萬+吊駕照3年+吊牌照2年
Earlier this month, a man in Taichung refused to take a Breathalyzer test. The police responded by strictly enforcing the law.
On Feb. 7, a 37-year-old man surnamed Peng temporarily stopped his vehicle at a red curb in Taichung's Beitun District. He was flagged by the police. When he rolled down his window, the strong odor of alcohol flooded out. The police asked him to take a Breathalyzer test, but Peng refused. The police fined him.
Mr. Peng: “How many do you want me to pay?” Police Officer: “This ticket is for you, take it. ”Mr. Peng: “I want to know how much I have to pay. ”Police Officer: “There's no more, I only issued one red ticket. ”Mr. Peng: “You already profited enough with just that one. ”Police Officer: “I would like you to know that I haven't profited. How could I?”
The police issued a NT$180,000 fine to Peng for refusing to take a Breathalyzer test. He also accused the police of profiting from this fine. According to the police, the legislature passed amendments to Article 35 of the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act on Jan. 24. Previously, people who refused to take Breathalyzer tests were issued a NT$180,000 fine on the spot, their vehicle was confiscated, and their driver's license was suspended for three years. The amendments added an additional penalty, the suspension of the vehicle's license plate for two years. An announcement will be made shortly regarding the amended law, and the police are also promoting it.
Chi Ming-jen, Captain, Shuinan Police Station: “There are new provisions in the amended law. Drivers that refuse to take Breathalyzer tests will have their license suspended for three years and their license plate for two years. We're making these changes known, and asking drivers not to take chances.”
The Taichung police said once the amendments take effect, people who refuse to take Breathalyzer tests will have their license plates suspended for two years. Anyone who continues driving with a suspended license plate can be fined up to NT$10,800.