Legislature Deliberates Changes to Drunk Driving Laws|酒駕致死判死?初犯刑度提高? 藍綠無共識

The Legislative Yuan amended regulations on drunk driving during the last day of the current session on May 31. However, there was no cross-party consensus on whether the death penalty should apply to vehicular manslaughter resulting from drunk driving. The issue was finally put to a vote while anti-drunk driving groups issued their demands during a protest outside the legislature.

Members of anti-drunk driving groups chant slogans during a protest outside the legislature. They urged increasing the minimum punishment for vehicular manslaughter resulting from drunk driving to at least five years to deter this type of behavior.

We are asking for the minimum punishment for vehicular manslaughter resulting from drunk driving be increased from three years to five years.

Inside the legislature, lawmakers were discussing amendments to regulations on drunk driving. Under the current Criminal Code, drunk driving can be punishable by sentences of not more than two years. The maximum punishment for vehicular manslaughter resulting from drunk driving is 10 years. Democratic Progressive Party legislators backed the Executive Yuan's amendments, which called for life imprisonment for recidivist vehicular manslaughter from drunk driving. Intentional drunk driving causing death can be punishable by the death penalty. There was disagreement with the Kuomintang over whether the death penalty should apply to drunk driving causing death cases and whether to raise the punishment for first-time offenders. KMT legislators pointed out failing to amend the minimum punishment for first-time drunk driving offenders would be deliberately losing the game.

A severe sentence is given in the court of first instance, the sentence is then halved in the second instance, and then in the Supreme Court, the sentence is lifted. It's no wonder that the majority of the people cannot accept this.

We will decide through a vote. (A vote?) For the first item on the agenda, okay?

Meanwhile, the New Power Party proposed changes to the agenda. Ultimately, its amendments were voted on and did not pass.

喊著口號,反酒駕團體則在場外抗議,訴求酒駕致人於死的最低本刑,提高到5年起跳,才能達到嚇阻效果。

台灣酒駕防制社會關懷協會祕書長 林美娜表示:「我們要求,酒駕致人於死的最低本刑,要從3年提高到5年。」

反酒駕團體在場外,緊盯議場內的修法進度,而現行刑法規定,酒駕可處2年以下徒刑;如果致人於死者,最重處10年徒刑;而綠營支持的政院版,酒駕累犯致死,可處無期徒刑;如果故意酒駕致死,可比照殺人罪,最重判處死刑。不過,藍綠對於酒駕致死,是否處以死刑?初犯刑度是否提高?仍然沒有共識,尤其藍營質疑,酒駕初犯上,最低刑度未做修改,根本是放水。
柯建銘:台灣民主進步黨創黨黨員之一,立法院資深立法委員之一,曾屬於民進黨福利國連線的一員,曾任民進黨代理黨主席。現任民主進步黨立法院黨團總召集人,已擔任立法院17個會期的總召。 ...更多

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