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Ruling, minor party's chiefs vow efforts to swiftly pass bill on drunk driving

Politics 16:52 November 13, 2018

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Yonhap) -- The chiefs of the ruling Democratic Party (DP) and the leftist Justice Party on Tuesday vowed efforts to quickly pass a bill aimed at toughening punishment on drunk drivers.

Lee Hae-chan, the DP's chairman, and Lee Jeong-mi, the chairwoman of the Justice Party, made the remarks at separate meetings with friends of Yoon Chang-ho, who died last week after being in a coma since September when he was hit by a drunk driver in the southern port city of Busan.

Legislation on heavier penalties for drunk drivers and stricter standards of blood alcohol level, called the Yoon Chang-ho act, has been pending at the National Assembly since October.

Yoon's friends visited the National Assembly where they expressed concerns that passage of the act could be delayed amid deepening partisan wrangling.

"I'll make efforts to let the act be passed during the ongoing parliamentary regular session. There should be no more such incidents like Yoon's one," the DP's chairman Lee said.

Lee of the Justice Party also pledged legislative efforts to keep Yoon's death from being in vain.

The DP, the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) and the minor opposition Bareunmirae Party (BP) agreed Monday to push for early passage of the bill.

But it is uncertain whether bills, including the Yoon Chang-ho act, will be passed in a timely manner as the LKP and the BP earlier threatened to boycott parliamentary meetings citing what they see as the presidential office and the ruling party's lack of will to seek cooperation with opposition parties.


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