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Date:109-10-23
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“Kaohsiung City Traffic Safety Week!” “Slow,” “Look,” and “Stop” at Intersections to Stay Safe

Kaohsiung News Taiwan has seen an increasing number of traffic accidents over the past two years! During the “Kaohsiung City Traffic Safety Week” launched on September 22, the Deputy Mayor of Kaohsiung City Lin Chin-Rong stated that the large number of scooter riders in Kaohsiung is indeed one of the factors contributing to an increase in the number of traffic accidents. To address this issue, it is crucial that drivers change their mindsets and learn to respect others. He called on the public to follow the three-step safety measures when approaching intersections: “slow,” “look,” and “stop.”
The Transportation Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government has set the third week of every September as the “National Traffic Safety Week” starting from this year. The Deputy Mayor Lin Chin-Rong host the “Kaohsiung City Traffic Safety Week. In collaboration with the Transportation Bureau, the Education Bureau, the Police Department, the Information Bureau, the Youth Bureau, the Kaohsiung City Motor Vehicles Office, the Kaohsiung Motor Vehicles Office, elementary schools, junior high schools, senior high schools, vocational high schools, colleges, and universities, he launched a series of campaigns to promote traffic safety education in September. The aim is to raise awareness of traffic safety so that society would pay more attention to traffic safety.
Lin Chin-Rong pointed out that from September to the end of December every year the number of injuries and fatalities caused by traffic accidents in Kaohsiung has been increasing. The injuries and fatalities of scooter riders amounted to about 70%. The 18-24 age group made up the largest share of the injuries and fatalities, which is 20%. In this group, teenagers aged 18 accounted for 4% of the total number of injuries and fatalities. That is why scooter safety and student’s road safety are important aspects for Kaohsiung City’s administration.
Lin Chin-Rong stated that policies to improve traffic safety in Kaohsiung City cover three aspects, namely engineering, education, and law enforcement. According to the experience in traffic safety improvement from developed countries, engineering accounted for 10%, law enforcement 20%, and education 70%. Therefore, education is the key to lay a solid foundation for improving road traffic safety in cities in the long run.
Lin Chin-Rong called on the public to follow the three-step safety measures when approaching intersections: “slowing down” when approaching an intersection, “looking” left, right, and back to watch out for pedestrians and oncoming traffic, and “stopping” for pedestrians crossing a crosswalk.
  The section chief of the Road Traffic Safety Committee of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications Tang Ru-Yan stated that the number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities caused by traffic accidents in Taiwan has been increasing in recent years. The number of fatalities increased from 381 in 2017 to 458 in 2019, and pedestrian fatalities at intersections increased from 179 in 2017 to 209 in 2019. This upward trend has drawn public attention and discussions. Section chief Tang further stated that each one of us is also a pedestrian. Therefore, the traffic safety week this year focuses on intersection and pedestrian safety, with the theme of “yield to pedestrians at intersections” and the slogan of “slow, look, and stop at intersections; yield to pedestrains.”
The Director-General of the Transportation Bureau Chang Shu-Chuan further explained that since schools start in September, the “Kaohsiung City Traffic Safety Week” focuses on the traffic safety of young people and the concept of right-of-way rules of intersections. If drivers yield to pedestrians, follow the “slow-look-stop” principle, and decelerate, they will have more reaction time to avoid traffic accidents.
 (Unit in charge: Transportation Planning Division; Division Chief: Chen Rong-Huei, 0972319770)
 
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Updated:2020-11-25