Highway patrol officers in South Korea are now giving tickets to individuals who watch TV while driving. There was already a law against it, but no sanctions were being given, except in the event of a crash.
The decision came after a TV-addicted semi-trailer truck driver caused a major accident, killing three cyclists and sending four others to the hospital. He was arrested for dangerous driving, not for watching TV while behind the wheel.
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In-car television systems are usually locked until the vehicle comes to a full stop and the engine is turned off. However, it seems that many people have found an easy way to trick the system and enjoy their favourite shows anytime they want.
Offenders will now receive a fine of 30,000 to 70,000 won ($26 to $61). "It depends on how quickly the National Assembly passes the law, but we hope to enforce it early next year following a campaign period to enhance public awareness of the new regulation," said Lee Weong-Woo, a director at the Ministry of Public Administration and Security.
By the way, the average daily wage in South Korea is 30,160 won.
Source: La Presse