Not really sure how to broach this subject so i’ll just recount the events and perhaps my actual question will formulate itself in the midst of it.
went for dinner last night and had 2 beer over the course of about 2 hours.
went to a friends house afterwards and had two small glasses of red wine over the course of 2-3 hours. so in total, 4 drinks over about 5 hours plus a large meal. wasn’t feeling trashed so i decided it was cool to drive the scootie home from Shida to SongShan safely.
Come barreling out of the underpass on XinYi as I’m sure we all do when we go through tunnels on our bikes. What doth lie straight ahead? a huge check stop. I’m pulled over with one other scootie dude and the cop gets right in my face and asks, in chinese, if i’ve had anything to drink. I tell him one beer because i’m sure he could smell something and I didn’t want to lie in fear it would just cause more problems. he turns my bike off, takes the keys out and grabs hold of my arm and walks me to the police car. on the way there he was asking if it was a small beer or a big beer. I pretended not to understand and stayed calm. they put me in the cop car and pulled out their breathalizer kit. At this point, i know i’m not drunk but would probably fail the breathalizer. They ask me for my id and i’m pointing and telling them it’s in my purse which is in the seat of my bike. when they finally get what i’m saying in english they walk me back to my bike. As im pulling out my ARC and bike registration the 3 of them tell me to leave.
so i guess i’m not really sure what went on… did they just tell me to go cause they could see i wasn’t loaded? why not follow-through with the breathalizer? were they just irritated by the language barrier? I know i could have been in HUGE trouble, but i’m wondering exactly what would have happened? I think a lot of people drive their scooters after a few drinks… i know i do. I’ve never seen a check point before in taipei and it was not small thing either. the cops there weren’t those ones you see hunched over, legs spread on white scooters smoking. they were very big, respectable looking ones like at home on the big bmw motorcyles.
the cop who was walking me back and forth to my bike them a thumb print sized bruise on my arm.
i would have deserved the ticket/fine/whatever cause i did make the choice to drive after drinking throughout the night.
what is the law in taiwan regarding all this? i consider myself very lucky and will be cabbing it even after one drink from now on!