CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Heavier drunk driving punishment

04-23-2011 09:26 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

Starting from May 1st, the law on drunk driving will be changed. Drunk driving will now be considered to be dangerous driving, regardless of whether it is accompanied by another traffic offence. My colleague Wang Tao explains the new regulations on drunk driving.

Chen Jia was charged with endangering public security by dangerous methods. According to current Chinese criminal law, the heaviest penalty for a traffic offence is seven years of imprisonment, while endangering public security can carry a life sentence. An expert explains why Chen Jia was charged with the more serious offence.

Prof. Han Yusheng, Renmin Univ. of China, Beijing, said, "He knew that he was drunk. But he was driving, so his drunkenness actually put other people's lives at risk. Even with the possibility of these consequences, he didn't take any precautions. He caused two deaths and two injuries. This is beyond a traffic offence, and can be defined as endangering public security by dangerous methods."

Statistics show that between 2006 and 2010, drunk driving has claimed the lives of more than 3500 people every year, and injured more than 9000. Many people from all walks of life have been calling for heavier sentencing to be imposed. The Third Amendment to the Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China meets the call of the society.

Prof. Han Yusheng, Renmin Univ. of China, Beijing, said, "Currently, people are only punished if a traffic offence occurs. That means drunk driving will go unpunished if it does not cause traffic offences. This is the problem the amendment to the criminal law aims to tackle. According to the new amendment, drunk driving, with or without traffic offences, will be punished."

The previous lenient sentence for drunk driving has proven ineffective, as drivers will often take the chance, believing they will not be caught. Under the new amendment, drunk drivers will be viewed as posing a hazard, inviting a heavier sentence.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program