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Taiwan: Penalties for DUI Stiffened

(Jan. 2, 2008) On January 2, 2008, an amendment to Taiwan's Criminal Law that increases the penalties for driving under the influence was promulgated. Article 185-3 specifies that those who, due to the use of narcotics, controlled substances, alcohol, or other similar substances, drive a motor vehicle while unable to drive safely, will be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than one year, detention, a fine of not more than NT$150,000 (about US$4,620), or imprisonment or detention together with the fine. Formerly, there was no provision for a concurrent fine; the possible punishment was simply imprisonment, detention, or a fine of not more than NT$30,000 (about US$925). (Amendment to Criminal Law [Summary], 6778 The GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 13 (Jan. 2, 2008), available at http://content.glin.gov/summary/201432; Zhonghua Minguo xing fa [Criminal Law of the Republic of China] (in Chinese, accompanied by the former texts of revised articles), The Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China Web site (last visited Jan. 8, 2007).)