Red Brick Daily

To some it seemed like a good “tough love” idea:  scare the crap out of drunk drivers by making them wash corpses.

But this “unusual” form of community service suggested by several Taipei City councilors is a step too far, the Taipei Mortuary Service Office has decided, as it would almost certainly anger relatives of the deceased.

The city will, however, put some drunk drivers closer to corpses … as the Mortuary Office and prosecutors have signed off on a plan to expand cleaning areas for those doing community service for a DUI, to areas close to where dead bodies are kept at funeral parlors.

In Taiwan, those convicted of offenses that earn a penalty of under six months in jail or a fine — which is sometimes the case for a DUI — are allowed to commute the sentence by doing community service.

Funeral parlors are among the spots such community service is performed.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, DUI-related traffic accidents claimed 78 lives over the first nine months of 2016 … which is a drop of 33% from the same period last year.

 

 

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