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Tougher punishments for drunk drivers

04-23-2011 09:26 BJT

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Drunk drivers will face harsher punishments in China, including a life ban from driving. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress has approved an amendment to the Road Traffic Safety Law, aiming to make the country's roads safer.

Sobering news for any would-be drunk driver.

The new law doubles the license suspension to 6 months, with raises fines to 1000 to 2000 yuan. For offenders whose blood alcohol content exceed the legal limit of 80 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood, their licenses will be revoked and they will have to wait for five years before applying for a new one.

Those who drive for a living will face even harsher punishments -- a 10-year license revocation and a 5000-yuan fine.

For the first time, there's a possible life ban on driving.

Yang Huanning, Vice Public Decurity Minister, said, "Drunk drivers who cause major road accidents that constitute a crime will be subject to criminal prosecution and will be banned from driving for life."

The tough new measures are applauded by both drivers and pedestrians. Some say it's still not strict enough.

"I think the punishments should be more tougher. Drunk drivers, regardless of how much they drink, should be subject to severe punishment. Because their actions endanger the lives of not only themselves, but also passengers and pedestrians. So I'm for strict enforcement."

"I think it's good to be strict on drunk driving to protect pedestrians, especially the old and children."

China has about 200 million automobiles and drivers, with more than 20 million vehicles added annually. And fatal car accidents have been on the rise.

"More than 3500 people are killed in China each year in accidents caused by drunk driving. The relatively light penalty is seen as a major factor. Stiffer punishment is expected to make roads safer, as China increasingly becomes a country on wheels. Liu Ying, CCTV, Beijing."



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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