TOUGHER PENALTIES FOR DRUNK DRIVERS

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(0509 CR M06)TOUGHER PENALTIES FOR DRUNK DRIVERS DATELINE: May 9, 2011 LENGTH: 00:03:21 PKG INTRO China has amended a law to push harsher punishments on drunk drivers after fatal car accidents triggered heated public outcry in recent years. As it has been more than a week since the amendment took effective, China Report will show you how the law is implemented and what influence it has on drivers' and other people's lives. PKG The amended Road Traffic Safety Law took effect on May 1, spelling harsher punishments on drunk drivers. Driving licenses of drunk drivers would be revoked for five years and those who drive under the influence that causes a serious accident could lose their licenses for good and face a jail term. Earlier laws only imposed a license suspension of three to six months and a detention of up to 15 days on drunk drivers. Discussion of the new amendment comes after drunk driving caused a string of fatal accidents in China. It triggered heated debate and Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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