氣死人!酒駕被捉 98%只輕判6個月 | 98 percent of drunk drivers sentenced to only 6 months’ imprisonment

TAIPEI (The China Post) – The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) announced earlier this week that a person charged with “driving under the influence” (DUI) could also be charged for voluntary manslaughter.

法務部日前表示,已研擬要把「酒駕致死」以殺人罪來論處。

Some legislators questioned the new measures, however, stressing that 98 percent of drunk drivers are usually sentenced to less than 6 months’ imprisonment.

但卻有立委指出,目前一般酒駕案件,地方法院量刑有 98%都輕判6個月以下。

Unless drunk drivers receive stiffer penalties, the legislators said that the deterrence effect of the new policy could be very limited.

除非將「最低刑度」往上拉,否則只是將最高徒刑往上拉,最後依舊輕判,無法產生嚇阻作用。

Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung said that DUI probation, which lets a defendant stay out of jail by agreeing to certain terms and restrictions, may vary pending on circumstances. Prison overcrowding should also be taken into consideration, said the minister who suggested to confiscate cars and implement various supporting measures for controlling drunk drivers.

交通部長林佳龍也明白指出這樣的狀況很可能跟緩刑有關,也可能是法院擔心監獄人滿為患,因此他建議應該加入「車輛沒入」等相關配套。

There are for sure many convicted drunk drivers in prison, according to Deputy Minister of Justice Tsai Pi-chung (蔡碧仲), who also recommended to adopt various “complementary measures.”

監所內的服刑者,的確很多都是酒駕肇事犯,而法務部政務次長蔡碧仲建議應該有更多如「酒精鎖」等研議方案。

For instance, the minimum fine for first-time offenders in Canada is USD$1,000 (NTD$30,000). Your driving license will be revoked for one year while recidivists will be sentenced to a minimum imprisonment of 30 days and a two-year suspension of their driving license.

例如加拿大酒駕初犯最低罰 1000美元(3萬新台幣),一年不能開車;再犯者的最低刑期就是關 30天、兩年人不能開車。

Without a doubt, the public is running out of patience with the government’s slow improvement on curbing DUI cases. Some people even suggested to condemn offenders to “caning sentences” to address the issue.

事實上,台灣民眾對政府改善酒駕肇事的耐性有限,之前更有人提出「鞭刑」等措施。