Drunk Drivers to Face Stiffer Penalties

      April 25, 2016 09:32

      Motorists convicted of driving under the influence are set to face stricter penalties. Under new measures unveiled by the National Police Agency on Sunday, repeat DUI offenders could even face a jail term, rather than mere fines.

      Passengers who sit next to a drunk driver will also be charged if they are found to have encouraged or ignored drunk driving on the part of another.

      Habitual drunk drivers could have their vehicles confiscated. Anyone caught driving while intoxicated five times in five years, and anyone with a prior record of drunk driving who becomes involved in a fatal accident, will lose their vehicle.

      Police will also intensify their crackdown on drunk driving, extending their patrols into the daytime hours to ferret out drunk drivers.

      According to police, drunk driving caused over 240,000 accidents last year, resulting in 583 fatalities and 42,880 injuries.

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