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Errant drivers to be punished for not giving way to walkers

BEIJING: China’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has urged police nationwide to strengthen checks and punishment on the motorists who do not give way to pedestrians.

During the past three years, 3,898 people were killed in 14,000 accidents that happened on crosswalks in China, 90% of which involved motorists failing to give way to pedestrians, according to the Traffic Management Bureau of the MPS.

“Traffic police must step up patrols and strengthen monitoring with surveillance cameras on streets,” said the bureau, calling for tougher enforcement and punishment.

For a safer environment for pedestrians, traffic bureaus nationwide will provide better traffic signs, install more traffic lights, and help build more underground passages or pedestrian bridges.

Beijing traffic police has began enforcing a fine of US$29 (RM124) for motorists who fail to give way to pedestrians on crosswalks.

The violation will also result in a loss of three demerit points.

The enforcement of the fine comes days after surveillance camera footage went viral showing a woman in central China’s Henan Province being hit by a taxi while on a crosswalk. Lying on the crosswalk, she was run over by a second car. — Xinhua

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