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Court finalizes its ruling on Super Junior's Kangin for his drunk driving

By jubilantj   Wednesday, September 7, 2016   90,228   3,142   185

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The courts have finalized their ruling on Super Junior's Kangin for his drunk driving incident back in May. 

During Kangin's trial which progressed at Seoul Central District Court on September 7, he was ordered to pay a 7 million KRW (~$6,417 USD) fine. 

The courts ruled that though Kangin should be severely reprimanded for his actions, they only fined him as the idol appeared to be deeply reflecting on himself and as he didn't cause harm to anyone. 


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At the time of Kangin's DUI, his blood alcohol level was revealed to be 0.157%, a level high enough for his driver's license to be revoked. 


Kangin was involved in a drunk driving hit-and-run back in October of 2009, for which he paid an 8 million KRW (~$7,334 USD) fine. 

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    Blue82 Sunday, September 11, 2016

    It seems like a light punishment to most of us who live in other countries but we also have to remember that in Korea drinking is very social and very much a part of the culture. If you work in sales or as a businessman and don't drink it can actually affect your promotions and how well you do in your job. If you look up the statistics for drinking such as how much people drink, how often, as well as how many people are cited or jailed for driving while intoxicated and you'd be shocked. When something is a huge part of your culture it's often hard to force change such as stricter laws, enforcing existing laws and punishements, ect. Yes he reflected years ago and it's horrible he did it again but part of the blame has to be on the fact that people including his company didn't insist he go to treatment. They treated it as if it was an accident that he needed to apologize for but not an actual problem (addiction) that needed to be dealt with professionally. I can only hope that he seeks treatment for his drinking this time but without support from his friends, family, and company I doubt it will happen.

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    trogdorthe8th Blue82 Sunday, September 11, 2016

    THANK YOU! I swear, I've been in a back and forth with a person on here about this. It's like people don't want to accept what's right in front of them, and would rather look at what he did instead of WHY he and many other people in Korea have done and continue to do this. People would rather just blindly hate on him, rather than admit that the drinking culture and DUIs are a big problem for MANY people over there, including people who aren't famous or well-known. He needs help, and their legislatures need to address these issues of drinking, driving, and societal pressures before something tragic happens. That's why M.A.D.D. (mothers against drunk driving) was created after a dui accident killed a bunch of children on a school bus and wounded several other people- it's known as the deadliest DUI car crash in U.S. history. After that, M.A.D.D. was created, and dui laws got a lot stricter, and continued to get stricter over the years as laws and vehicles changed. I would just hate for something really bad to happen over there before they decided to change the laws- it only takes a second for everything to change permanently in situations like that.

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    Blue82 trogdorthe8th Sunday, September 11, 2016

    My aunt is an alcoholic and she has drove drunk many times. My uncle (her brother in law) has wrecked two trucks while drunk so you would think she'd pay attention. Well just over a year ago she decided to drive drunk again and had a nasty accident (thank god no one else was involved) and she broke her back, ribs, punctured a lung, and had a concussion. She's lucky to be alive and even luckier that she can walk. There was a chance she would die and even after she was stable they didn't know if she would ever walk again. It is a serious issue and alcoholics are addicts plain and simple. Once they start drinking they don't have that part of their brain that says, 'You've had enough' nor do they think rationally. To them they sometimes don't even believe they are drunk. There is a reason that people with addictions have to stay away from not just the thing they are addicted to but everything and everyone that is involved with it. They can mean well and tell themselves they won't drink or it's just one drink but the power of addiction is scary and it will pull them in. Then they will make bad choices that could kill themselves or someone else.

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    trogdorthe8th Blue82 Sunday, September 11, 2016

    I'm so sorry you've had to go through that with your family. I hope she's taken some real time to heal and take care of herself.

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    Blue82 trogdorthe8th Sunday, September 11, 2016

    Over the past few years we had become pretty distant since we live 2 hours apart and I am not comfortable around people that need to drink as soon as they wake up. I have kids and don't want them around that. I'm glad she's getting better but I'm not sure I believe she'll stop drinking. I worry because both of my cousins (her daughters) are pregnant at the same time and due a week apart come October. I really hope she'll be a sober grandma to them and not cause them any worries.

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    trogdorthe8th Blue82 Sunday, September 11, 2016

    Sheesh, that is a lot. But you're doing what's best for you and your loved ones, and that is what's important. They don't call it tough love for nothing. You can love and care for someone, but still understand that their detrimental behavior has no place in your life. I hope she'll come around, but I've seen it happen as well, and I understand that may not be the case.

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    Blue82 trogdorthe8th Sunday, September 11, 2016

    That's pretty much how I handle anyone in my life like that. If they accept help then great but if not or don't face their addictions then they have no place in my daily life. My kids come first.

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    trogdorthe8th Blue82 Sunday, September 11, 2016

    You're leading a very good example for them, even though it's a very hard one to live by sometimes.

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    Chrysantheneum Saturday, September 10, 2016

    TBH, not like this doesn't happen often in SK. Like traffic isn't safe there at all, especially after 9 with way too many people driving too hard and/or too drunk. Kangin should feel bad for his actions, but I do think that this problem needs to be adressed more in South Korea.

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    s1n1s Friday, September 9, 2016

    He will do it again.

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    triniblossom Friday, September 9, 2016

    If there is a third time I would lose my shit

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    ReilaGaze32 Thursday, September 8, 2016

    Wait, this is the second time? He's made the same mistake twice now, I don't think he's learned anything.

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    lyricaldancer10 ReilaGaze32 Friday, September 9, 2016

    2nd time and his fine is less. Lol I don't understand that logic

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    ReilaGaze32 lyricaldancer10 Saturday, September 10, 2016

    If I know its going to be difficult to find a ride home after a night of drinking, I'm just going to drink at home. Or at a friends house so I can stay the night. lol

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    Leafinator lyricaldancer10 Saturday, September 10, 2016

    Its due to the severity of the accident not being nearly as bad as his first offence. Though I feel since it was his second DUI he should of definitely had a much more severe fine/punishment.

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    lyricaldancer10 Leafinator Sunday, September 11, 2016

    I just thought or At least hoped it would be more severe because it was his second offense And maybe the punishment would make him think twice when he was in the position again

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    lyricaldancer10 ReilaGaze32 Sunday, September 11, 2016

    When I go out. I always make sure there is a sober driver. I won't drive after 1 drink

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    thealigirl8 Thursday, September 8, 2016

    Not enough

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    changminbaby Thursday, September 8, 2016

    he better not do it again and really learn from his mistakes

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    gorgunk Thursday, September 8, 2016

    i am very happy, for him. i hope comeback soon, really miss him. you perfect people, you don't make any mistakes.

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    lyricaldancer10 gorgunk Friday, September 9, 2016

    This isn't just any mistake. This was careless, selfish, and stupid. It is one thing to put his life in danger. But it is another thing to put everyone else's in danger just because you don't have common sense. Also, this isn't his first time doing it. So he obviously didn't learn his lesson

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    taleebe9 gorgunk Friday, September 9, 2016

    None of us said we're perfect but we also know for a fact that we shouldn't drink and drive, because not only does it affect the driver and the victim, but it also affects everyone around them. It will cause grieve to a lot of people. It's not serious this time ( thankfully ) but do you really want him to have a next time? Since you seem to not mind because is just a mistake in your eyes.

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    sonelflee Thursday, September 8, 2016

    As an ELF, I am extremely dissapointed and to those ELF who are defending him saying that what he did was not wrong. I am ashamed. I honestly, haven't seen any ELF say that. But I stand as-->He did wrong, but I am still gonna love him. I am mad at him, but I am still gonna love him. Because I care about him. He better learn from this and go get help. Like seriously. I will not stand for him throwing it over his shoulder. I'm also just happy he didn't do anything horrible like 2pm Nickhun - hit a person during drunk driving or Big Bang Sengri - hit a person (person ended up dead), etc. No lives were in danger-thank goodness.

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    hellojane sonelflee Thursday, September 8, 2016

    I'm pretty sure it was Daesung from BB not Seungri.

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    hellojane sonelflee Thursday, September 8, 2016

    But I totally agree with you that he did do wrong and should be penalized according to his actions. and should probably get help for his alcohol problems.

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    sonelflee hellojane Thursday, September 8, 2016

    Thanks for letting me know. I couldn't recall if it was seungri or daesung.

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    lyricaldancer10 sonelflee Friday, September 9, 2016

    It was daesung and the person was actually dead before he hit him. And he was sober.

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    taleebe9 lyricaldancer10 Friday, September 9, 2016

    THANK YOU. I can't believe people like to bring others in (PLUS give wrong information) just to make their own bias look like it was some sort of small mistake.

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    sonelflee lyricaldancer10 Friday, September 9, 2016

    Thank you, I knew that the person was dead before he hit him.

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    sonelflee taleebe9 Friday, September 9, 2016

    I'm sorry that you are offended that I brought other Idols in here. I'm just overall happy that no other LIVES where in danger. Like in past incidents. Cause I wouldn't want that to repeat.

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    la_noir sonelflee Saturday, September 10, 2016

    Being happy does not give you the right to give wrong information though. Comparing the crime is fine but don't state anything if you couldn't even recall who the perpetrator is.

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    taleebe9 sonelflee Saturday, September 10, 2016

    No matter how much I read my own comment. I still can't tell how you detected that as me being offended, but alright.

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    sonelflee la_noir Saturday, September 10, 2016

    And I did admit that I knew the wrong information. As well as apologized for it and thanking others who gave me right information. -.-

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    Unicornsarereal Thursday, September 8, 2016

    Ah great, he got away with a slap on the wrist again. This is disgusting. I'm predicting this, in around 7 or 8 years, Kangin's going to have a DUI again and this time, he's going to severely injure/kill someone. Watch as some of the ELFs still defend him. "Don't send him to jail!111!!11!1! The traumatic incident scarred him and that's enough punishment!!11!!!1!!!1!"

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