Starting in August, Korea's drunk driving laws will get much tougher.
Currently, the blood alcohol level is set at 0.05, but it will shrink to 0.03, much lower than the OECD average. The hope is to curb the high traffic fatalities in the country, currently the highest in the OECD at 5,500 people per year.
According to the Joongang Ilbo, the current Road Traffic Act states that a driver whose blood alcohol concentration level exceeds 0.05 percent will be fined 500,000 won ($464) to 1 million won, be banned from driving for 100 days and receive 100 penalty points on his or her license. If the level exceeds 0.1 percent, the driver’s license will be revoked.
The new level alcohol level would make drinking a single beer the limit to get behind the wheel.