Taipei, Amid public outrage over a recent spate of drunk driving deaths and calls for the government to take action, 76 DUI offenders were given a lecture at a funeral home in New Taipei Thursday to teach them about the sanctity of life.
Organized by the Directorate General of Highway (DGH), the lecture started by demonstrating how a corpse is prepared, followed by life education courses by staff from Taiwan Against Drunk Driving.
The lecture took place at the Banqiao Municipal Funeral Hall, where a white couplet reading "Mourning the loss of 3,088 people who died as a result of drunk driving over the past five years" was hung, with a casket next to it.
Lee Tung-lin an official from the DGH told CNA that he believes having repeat offenders take life education courses at a funeral parlor will prove an effective form of deterrence.
Hopefully, participants will leave with a greater appreciation of their own life and the lives of others, he said.
All participants were repeat offenders, who had been arrested for drunk driving at least twice within the past year, according to Lee.
While one participant said he would never drink and drive again, some members of bereaved families visiting the funeral home for their loved ones doubted such "shock education" would work.
One said there is no way to stop someone from drunk driving if they want to, with some suggesting offenders should be made to clean the bodies of the decreased or be caned as a punishment.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel