Rider Union plans to submit petition to prosecutors for severe punishment
“Once or twice you can pass it off as a coincidence, but repeated accidents are a social problem. On the one hand, delivery drivers are criticized for speeding, but there are many more people who work and obey the speed limit. “I wish the punishment for drunk driving would be strengthened first.”
Chrysanthemum flowers placed in a corner of a sidewalk in Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of the 7th. This place, where three bottles of makgeolli and two packs of cigarettes are lined up, is a space created by colleagues to commemorate delivery driver A (54), who died in a drunk driving traffic accident on the 3rd. Mr. Kim, who stopped by briefly while on his way to deliver, said, “Several heads of families have already lost their lives in similar accidents,” and “I passed by here on the day of the accident, and I was scared because I thought I might have died in the accident. I will watch until the end to see how drunk drivers are punished. “I also submitted a petition calling for severe punishment,” he said.
According to the Riders Union branch of the Public Transport Workers’ Union of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions on the 12th, a petition calling for severe punishment for Ahn, a club DJ in his 20s who was arrested and sent to the prosecution on charges of causing death by dangerous driving under the Aggravated Punishment Act for Specific Crimes, is scheduled to be submitted to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office after the Lunar New Year holiday. . A Rider Union official said, “There is a lot of public outrage, with more than 1,000 people participating in just two days since we started collecting petitions on the 6th.” He added, “Immediately after this accident, a delivery motorcycle was hit by a drunk driving vehicle again, leaving the head of the household in critical condition.” there was. “I hope similar accidents will not occur again,” he emphasized.
Delivery drivers pointed out that the ‘soft’ punishment for drunk drivers contributes to such fatal accidents. Rider Union said at a memorial service held near the scene of Mr. Unless this reality of courts looking after drunk drivers changes, accidents caused by drunk drivers are bound to continue. He criticized, “It must be seen that the court is actually encouraging drunk driving.”
In fact, last month, when a doctor in his 40s who hit and killed a motorcycle delivery man while driving drunk and ran away was sentenced to probation in an appeals court and released, criticism of the court continued. The Incheon District Court Criminal Appeal Division 2 (Presiding Judge Kim Seok-beom) overturned the original sentence of 6 years in prison and sentenced him to 3 years in prison and 5 years probation. The driver submitted more than 90 reflections to the court while the appeal trial was in progress. It is known that The appellate court stated the reason for sentencing, saying, “The defendant showed serious remorse.”
Meanwhile, according to Gangnam Police Station in Seoul, Mr. Ahn, who is suspected of hitting and killing Mr. A while drinking and driving a Mercedes in Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam around 4:30 a.m. on the 3rd, was detained and handed over to the prosecution on the 8th. At the time of the accident, it was found that Mr. Ahn was drunk to the point of having his license revoked (blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher).
An eyewitness account was posted online that Mr. Ahn did not properly rescue the dog immediately after the accident and only held the dog, and did not cooperate properly with the police who tried to separate the dog, sparking public outrage. He later apologized to Mr. A and her bereaved family through the media, saying, “I also lost my father when I was young and lived alone with my mother, and I know the sadness and empty space well.” However, when it was revealed that his father was alive, he was criticized again.
Reporter Kim Soo-yeon [email protected]
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