Drink driving accidents in China fall sharply after amendment law implemented

08:35, May 04, 2011      

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China has seen a sharp drop in road accidents caused by drink driving over the long weekend, after a newly amended law took effect Sunday imposing harsher punishments on drunk drivers.

According to the traffic management authority of the Ministry of Public Security on Tuesday, the number of drink driving-related road accidents over the past three-day holidays dropped 27.6 percent year on year, with the death toll decreasing 54.6 percent.

The amended Road Traffic Safety Law took effect Sunday, the second day of the International Labor Day holidays.

The law now states that convicted drunk drivers will lose their driving licenses for five years.

The amendment also states that drunk drivers who cause a serious accident could lose their licenses forever.

According to the current law, drivers who have at least 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood are considered drunk.

China's earlier law imposed a license suspension of three to six months on drunk drivers.

Statistics from the public security agency also showed that a total of 1,458 road accidents were reported from Saturday 12 a.m. to Monday 3 p.m., which resulted in 423 deaths and 1,740 others injured.

The total number of accidents and casualties also witnessed reduction compared with a year before, authority said.

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