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Car drivers to be fined for using mobile phones

2012/05/08 14:30:49

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) Car drivers who use hand-held mobile phones while driving will be fined NT$3,000 (US$102) under an amendment to a statute governing road traffic safety that cleared the Legislature Tuesday.

The amendment to the Road Traffic Management and Punishment Code stipulates that drivers who hold mobile phones, computers or other devices and use them for dialing, listening or data communication or other functions that hamper driving safety will be fined NT$3,000.

For motorcyclists, the fine will be NT$1,000.

Another amendment that cleared the Legislature raised fines for car drivers who race past level crossings to between NT$15,000 and NT$60,000 from the present NT$6,000 and NT$12,000.

(By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Lilian Wu)