March 31, 2004
By Joon Yong Ahn
A recent report shows that the number of Koreans who have been
arrested for drunk driving has gone up threefold for the last three
years in Queens’ area.
Joong-Don Park, who works as a Korean
translator at the Queens' Criminal Court, conducted research
from various cases that are
involved with Koreans, who have gone through arraignment at the
Queens District Court from April 1998 to March 1999 and from
January 2002 to December 2002.
The result shows that the number
of arrested Koreans for drunk driving was just 48 between 1998
and 1999, which account for
7 percent of the total. But, for the year 2002, the number
to 138, a 16 percent increase.
The number of Koreans who were
charged with illegal prostitution (and massage) was 102 between
1998 and 1999. But, for the year
2002, the number went up to 136. Also, Koreans charged with
assault and mistreatment increased from 148 to 189 cases.
During the year 1998 and 1999, the number of arrested Koreans
who drove with suspended license was as many as 184, which
account for 26.66 percent of the total. In 2002, the number
little to 150.
In addition, Koreans charged with drug related
crimes numbered 73 and 80 between 1998 and 2002. Koreans charged
theft numbered 24 in 2002.
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Translated from Korean by Bonhee Chung