China has proposed expanding a nationwide campaign against drunk drivers to include penalties against their passengers, reports the Associated Press. The proposal released by China’s Ministry of Public Security calls for fines for passengers riding in cars with a drunk driver and increased jail time for repeat drunk drivers. The plan follows a two-month crackdown on drunk driving that included road blocks, heftier fines, 15-day jail terms and six-month license suspensions. A recent spate of highly publicized drunken driving incidents this year sparked outrage in the media and on the Internet. Drivers in Beijing can be cited as drunk if they have a blood alcohol level at or above 0.02, much lower than the U.S. limit of .08, making virtually any consumption of alcohol by drivers illegal.

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