Airman Keelan Massey and Staff Sgt. Adam Bilak, both with the 51st Security Forces Squadron, train with a Breathalyzer at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES
Airman Keelan Massey and Staff Sgt. Adam Bilak, both with the 51st Security Forces Squadron, train with a Breathalyzer at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES

‘No gray area:’ South Korea sets stricter limits on drinking and driving

by Matthew Keeler
Stars and Stripes

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea – A new law took effect in South Korea on Tuesday, an amendment to its Road Traffic Act that sets stricter limits on the consumption of alcohol and operating a motor vehicle.

The change lowers the legal limit for blood alcohol content to 0.03%, down from the 0.05% that had been the standard for the past 57 years.

An individual who weighs approximately 140 pounds and consumes just one 12-ounce beer will likely have surpassed the legal 0.03% threshold.

If caught and tested by Korean authorities, the maximum penalty for impaired driving will be up to five years of imprisonment and/or 20 million won in fines (about $17,325).

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.587456

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