Taiwan plans to tighten its rules against driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or narcotics. Last week, the cabinet approved a draft amendment to the Criminal Code that would make death by drunk driving an indictable murder offense. For some outrageous cases, when the deed is deemed “intentional,” the offenders could potentially be sentenced to death.
“Cases of drunk driving leading to death are rampant... drink drivers recklessly caused accidents that took lives and destroyed families to result in irreparable regret,” the Justice Ministry said in a statement.
Though the proposal needs parliamentary, it has sparked an outcry from abolition groups and human rights groups, which issued a joint statement calling for “rational legislation for irrational drunk driving.” They claim that no evidence and research that seeking grave penalties and legislation would truly prevent drunk driving.