Police seek to punish drivers watching TV
Police said Tuesday they will push for a legal revision that allows them to punish drivers for watching television on the road after the distraction recently led to the deaths of three people.
Drivers often watch TV programs and other entertainment on mobile devices that use digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) technology. The law bans such practice but does not have any enforcement measures.
The move comes after three professional cyclists were killed last week when a cargo truck driver, while watching TV, crashed into them on a road in Euiseong County, southeastern Korea.
The National Police Agency said it will seek a revision to the current law once the newly elected National Assembly begins its term on May 30.
Under the revision, passengers sitting next to the driver will also be banned from watching TV on the road, while all mobile devices fitted with DMB services will be required to block broadcast signals when the car is in motion. (Yonhap)