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Migrant worker investigated after caught driving under influence

2018/09/09 22:02:36

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Taipei, Sept. 9 (CNA) A migrant worker from Indonesia is being investigated by police for operating an electric bicycle under the influence after he was involved in an accident in Nantou City Saturday and could be charged with an offense against public safety, according to Nantou police.

The worker who was driving an electric bike carrying another migrant worker is believed to have run a red light before being hit by a car at a crossroads in Nantou. The driver landed on the roof of the vehicle before falling to the ground, according a CCTV recording.

The two migrant workers were taken to a nearby hospital where they were found to have suffered only flesh wounds, police said.

Liu Huang-lin (劉滉潾), deputy head of the county's police bureau, said that sobriety test results found the driver of the electric bicycle had a breath alcohol content of 0.45 milligrams per liter and he has been referred for further investigation.

Local residents have recently complained on social media that migrant workers on electric bicycles do not observe traffic regulations, including driving the wrong way down one way streets, running red lights and competing for lane space.

Liu said police have stepped up punishment of law breaking behavior in the area around Nang Kung Industrial Park and downtown Nantou City and will work together with employers to ensure migrant workers are aware of and respect Taiwan's traffic laws.

There are about 10,000 foreign workers in Nantou County, 6,000 of whom work at Nang Kung Indutrial Park, according to Liu.

(By Hsiao Po-yang and Shih Hsiu-chuan)