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CNY Holiday: DOT Warns Car Owners Not to Drink and Drive

In light of the approaching Chinese New Year holiday, the Department of Transportation (DOT) reminds vehicle owners not to drink and drive.
According to the agency, a total of 83 people lost their lives in Class A1 accidents in 2014. Among these casualties, 3 deaths involved intoxicated driving. Compared to 4 deaths from the same period in 2013, the figures indicated that the government campaign on stopping drunk driving is having an impact.
DOT reminds drivers who had a little too much to drink at year-end’s banquets or parties to avoid riding their motorcycles or driving their cars home. Instead, they can select from the following methods:
1. Appoint a Designated Driver: You can ask someone in your group who hasn’t touch alcohol to drive the others home after the party.
2. Take a Cab: Call the cab service hotline 0800-055-850 (toll-free for landline callers). Alternatively, you can also dial 55850 on your mobile phone.
3. Utilize Designated Driver Service: You can hire a taxi driver to serve as a designated driver to drive the intoxicated person(s) home.
The agency has worked with 20 taxi companies in Taipei to devise a plan listing the maximum rate for the designated driver service. The cap on the initial charge is NT$1,000 for 10 km. For distance of more than 10 km, the cap on the additional charge will be NT$100 for every 2 km.
To contact the designated driver service, you can call the service hotline at TEL: 0800-055-850 (toll-free for landline callers). Cell phone users can dial 55850.