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Death Penalty for Drunk Driving in China

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From the Wall Street Journal On-line:

Following a recemt spate of high profile pedestrian deaths, China has launched a two-month crackdown on drunk driving, timed to coincide with the run-up to the PRC’s 60th anniversary on Oct. 1.  Xinhua reports that the latest measures are a response to “an increase in traffic fatalities and accidents during recent months, raising public concern because of damage caused and their negative social impact.”  On Aug. 7, a man driving a Porsche SUV struck and killed a 16-year-old female migrant worker in the eastern city of Hangzhou. The driver was arrested and faces charges of drunk driving and speeding. The incident bore an uncanny resemblance to another recent accident in the city, in which a wealthy college student ran over a worker while drag racing in his sportscar. (Last month, that driver was sentenced to three years in jail for committing a “traffic offense resulting in death.”)

On Aug. 9, two days after the latest incident in Hangzhou, a four-year-old boy in Shanghai was killed, and several others injured, when an allegedly drunk driver crashed his car into a minivan.  As part of the latest nationwide anti-drunk driving campaign, authorities are vowing severe penalties for offenders, including suspensions and 15-day detentions , increased insurance premiums for offenders and reporting to employers.  However, it’s still a matter of public debate whether the death penalty is an appropriate punishment for driving under the influence. In a first for China, last month the Supreme People’s Court upheld a death sentence on a 30-year-old man who was convicted of killing four people while driving drunk in the southwestern city of Chengdu.

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Charles M. Rowland II has been representing the accused drunk driver for over 20 years. Contact him at (937) 318-1384 if you find yourself facing a DUI (now called OVI) charge.

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