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Post time 2017-5-16 11:18:26 |Display all floors
(SixTone) A trial run that will loosen punishments for drunk driving in some regions of China has been met with skepticism. In a Supreme People’s Court sentencing guideline effective May 1, defendants accused of drunk driving will be exempt from conviction or criminal punishment if the circumstances are, respectively, “obviously minor” or “minor,” reported The Beijing News on Friday.

In 2011, China’s criminal law was amended to make drunk driving a criminal offense. Drivers with blood alcohol concentrations above 80 milligrams per 100 milliliters are defined as drunk and can be convicted of the crime of dangerous driving.Though the law has resulted in some punishments seen as overly strict, it also seems to have had the desired effect.  Should China loosen its grip on drunk driving?


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Post time 2017-5-16 11:28:12 |Display all floors
I am content with the prospect of drunk drivers being locked up and getting banned from driving. The sober drivers are bad enough even without any alcohol.
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fatdragon Post time: 2017-5-16 11:28
I am content with the prospect of drunk drivers being locked up and getting banned from driving. The ...

I agree. Regardless of the outcome, drunk drivers need to lose their license and have criminal penalties in place to discourage the practice. Driving drunk can kill and pose serious threats to people's lives. They should be held accountable for themselves, regardless of how much they drink.

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fatdragon Post time: 2017-5-16 11:28
I am content with the prospect of drunk drivers being locked up and getting banned from driving. The ...

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Post time 2017-5-16 18:23:18 |Display all floors
You go DUI you get what you deserve

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Post time 2017-5-16 22:07:18 |Display all floors
I'll vote the other way round. Do like they do in Italy:
Italy: From 0.05% to 0.08% (€500-2000 fine, 3–6 months license suspension),
from 0.08% to 0.15% (aggravated, €800-3200 fine, 6–12 months license suspension, up to 6 months imprisonment),
over 0.15% (aggravated, €1500-6000 fine, 1–2 years license suspension, 6 to 12 months imprisonment, vehicle seizure and confiscation).

In the UK, driving or attempting to drive whilst above the legal limit or unfit through drink carries a maximum penalty of six months' imprisonment, a fine of up to £5,000 and a minimum 12 months' disqualification. For a second offence committed within ten years of conviction, the minimum ban is three years. Being in charge of a vehicle whilst over the legal limit or unfit through drink could result in three months' imprisonment plus a fine of up to £2,500 and a driving ban. Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of alcohol or other drugs carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison, a minimum two-year driving ban and a requirement to pass an extended driving test before the offender is able to drive legally again.

It is an offence to refuse to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine for analysis. The penalties for refusing are the same as those for actual drunk driving.

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Post time 2017-5-16 22:07:44 |Display all floors
And if China wants to imprison millions of people for having a beer or two they may end up with a prison population as big as in the USA.

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