The Taipei City Traffic Police Brigade cracked down on drunk driving violations.

(File photo, provided by Taipei City Traffic Police Brigade)

[Reporter Cai Sipei/Taipei Report] Drunken driving often leads to serious fatal accidents. The new law on drunk driving came into effect on March 31 last year, and the relevant penalties will be increased. Repeat offenders will have their driver's licenses revoked.

The Taipei City Police Department banned 4,484 drunk driving violations in 2022, an increase of 30% compared to 2021; Drunk driving violations will continue to be banned during the holidays.

The Taipei City Police Department strengthened the crackdown on drunk driving violations last year. In 2022, a total of 4,484 drunk driving violations were banned, an increase of 1,062 (about 31%) compared to 3,422 banned in 2021. There were 269 drunk driving traffic accidents in Taipei City last year. 6 people died and 233 people were injured. The number of accidents decreased by 16 compared with the previous year, showing a downward trend.

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During the continuous Spring Festival holidays, there are more opportunities for people to gather and drink with relatives and friends. Jiaotong University emphasizes that there is no holiday for law enforcement. During the Spring Festival, there is still a plan to ban drunk driving violations. The new law on drunk driving came into effect on March 31 last year. Motorcycles and cars will be fined for the second time in 10 years. A fine of 90,000 to 120,000 yuan will be imposed, and the driver’s license will be revoked for 3 years and will not be allowed to take the test and participate in road safety lectures; if drunk driving causes serious injury or death, the person will be confiscated into the vehicle; the name and photo of the recidivist within 10 years will be published; Car passengers will also be fined 6,000 to 15,000 yuan for sitting.

The National Chiao Tung University reminds the public that if they want to drink to their heart's content and get home safely, they can choose to drive back home, take a taxi or public transportation, and do not drive after drinking.

☆Drinking too much alcohol is harmful to health, and drinking and driving is prohibited☆