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Taiwan starts to fine drivers who fails to yield right-of-way to pedestrians

Taiwan increases fines for drivers who fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians at intersections as part of a campaign to improve road safety according to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC).

Drivers violating the rule will be fined a maximum of NT$3,600.

"Offenders will be charged with two traffic violation points instead of one, plus they will be required to attend road safety lectures," said Hsieh Ming-hong executive secretary of the MOTC's Road Traffic Safety Commission.

Pedestrian safety at intersections has become an issue that requires more public attention, as 40 percent of accidents involving pedestrian fatalities occur there.

Police data shows that approximately 60 percent of car accidents in Taiwan take place at intersections. Last year, 458 pedestrians were killed, which was an increase of 12.8 percent from the previous year, Taiwan News reported.

Hsieh urged drivers to keep a distance of three meters from pedestrians on crosswalks and to refrain from occupying crosswalks with their cars, CNA reported.


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