Gov't to Toughen Penalties for Drunk Drivers

      October 29, 2018 11:40

      The government plans to tighten penalties on drunk drivers amid rising recidivism rates.

      The National Police Agency said Sunday that it will revoke the driver's licenses of offenders and ban them from getting a new one for two years if they are caught driving under the influence two times.

      Currently, drivers are subject to a "three strikes" rule, which was put in place in 2001.

      Some serious offenses involving driving drunk on highways can result in licenses being revoked on the first offense.

      Police will also lower the legal blood alcohol limit from 0.05 percent to 0.03 percent, while strengthening punishments for drunk drivers with a blood alcohol level of over 0.2 percent.

      Meanwhile, police will launch a three-month crackdown on drunk driving from November, increasing DUI tests on Friday nights and around nightlife districts. 

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