Car crashes kill 8 in Taiwan each day: minister

Today, more than 600 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes despite strong law enforcement

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Motor vehicle crashes in Taiwan result in around 3,000 deaths per year and kill at least 8 people each day, with people aged 20-24 accounting for most road crash deaths, followed by people aged 15-19, said Transportation and Communication Minister Ho Chen-tan (賀陳旦).

Ho expressed his concern over high fatalities among young drivers during his briefing at the Legislature Monday.

Although young people account for most road crash deaths, the percentage of deadly crashes caused by elderly drivers continued to climb over the years to 35.64 percent in 2015, according to the minister’s report.

The government data shows that drunk driving fatalities on roadways have decreased year on year between 2006 and 2015 after years of strong enforcement by police against drunk driving, while more than 600 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2015 alone.

Ho added that stricter penalties against hardcore-drunk drivers, particularly repeat offenders, have their limit and medical treatment should be put in place to reduce drinking and driving.

The minister submitted a plan to reduce crashes and injuries to the Cabinet last year, which aims to cut overall road crash fatalities by 15 percent to 2,500 a year, and by 35 percent in drivers aged 18-24 to less than 250 a year.