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Lawmakers propose stiffer penalties for drunk driving, child abuse

2019/02/19 22:49:27

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Taipei, Feb. 19 (CNA) Legislators from across party lines on Tuesday proposed draft amendments to the Criminal Code to increase the penalties for drunk driving and child abuse in Taiwan.

On the drunk driving penalties, 10 versions of a draft amendment to the Offenses against Public Safety were put forth by lawmakers of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) and ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Among the drafts, an amendment to Article 185-3 was proposed to increase the penalty in fatal drunk driving cases to life imprisonment or a sentence of more than 10 years.

Another draft version proposed the death penalty, life imprisonment or a prison sentence of more than 12 years in such cases.

Under the existing law, in cases where death results from a person driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other substances, the sentence is three to 10 years in prison.

Regarding the issue of child abuse, 11 versions of a draft amendment to Article 286 were put forth in the Legislature.

Among them was a proposal for a penalty of one to five years in prison for the abuse of a minor under the age of 16 that results in impaired mental or physical health or development. Currently, the law allows for no more than five years in prison for such an offense.

Under the draft amendment, the perpetrator will be subject to the death penalty, life imprisonment or a prison sentence of more than 10 years in cases where a child dies as a result of abuse.

Currently, perpetrators of child abuse are often tried on charges of injury resulting in death instead of on charges of homicide, which carry a heavier sentence.

The draft amendments were submitted to the Legislature's Procedure Committee for listing on the agenda on Feb. 22.

(By Liu Kuan-ting and Ko Lin)
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