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Date:109-05-12
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Kaohsiung City is Adding High-tech Traffic Enforcement Devices to Prevent and Reduce Traffic Accidents Caused by Speeding

Kaohsiung News The number of traffic accident injuries in Kaohsiung City from January to March 2020 was 14,760, about a 10.9% decrease (1,811 injuries) from the same period last year. Although there is a decrease in the number of deaths caused by traffic accidents in March alone as compared to that of in January and February, the total number of deaths from January to March increased by 3 (a total of 67) as compared to the same period last year; 68% of them took place in districts of former Kaohsiung County, and 50% on provincial highways. In the Traffic Safety Supervision meeting on April 28, City Mayor Han Kuo-Yu stated that there was a necessity of using high-tech traffic enforcement devices for preventing traffic accidents and that the City Government would allocate the road safety funding of about NT$18 million obtained from the Central Government this year to improve speed management in the hope of effectively reducing traffic accident rates.
The 3rd Committee Members Meeting in 2020 of the Kaohsiung City Road Traffic Safety Committee was held at Sihwei Administration Center on the afternoon of April 28. City Mayor Han Kuo-Yu, who are deeply concerned about road traffic safety, chaired the meeting.
Kaohsiung is a city of heavy industry with a constant high traffic volume of heavy vehicles, so A1 traffic accidents (death on-scene or within 24 hours) have become the City Government’s focus of concern. Han Kuo-Yu explained in the Traffic Safety Supervision meeting that the severity levels of traffic accidents are often related to speed, and that fatal traffic accidents usually occur on wide provincial highways and main roads in districts of former Kaohsiung County because drivers tend to exceed the speed limit.
Han Kuo-Yu stated that the Kaohsiung City Police Department purchased high-tech traffic enforcement devices and mobile speed detection devices to improve enforcement efficiency and speed management. The Police Department will also continue to carry out the “Vigorous Traffic Enforcement” project to increase police visibility and clamp down on speeding and red-light running.
The Transportation Bureau’s analysis of traffic accidents in Kaohsiung City shows that the safety of motorcycle riders is still a matter of greatest concern; the injury and death rate is about 70% of total incidents with a young age group of 18-24 accounting for about 30%. The main target of traffic accident prevention in 2020 will continuously be aiming at motorcycle riders, young drivers, senior road users, pedestrians, and drunk drivers.
The Transportation Bureau stated that the faster the speed, the more serious the accident would be. Drivers should “slow down” when approaching intersections, “look” to both directions for other road users, and “stop” and yield when there are pedestrians. With slower speed, drivers would have much reaction time, which reduces the risk of accidents.
 (Unit in charge: Transportation Planning Division; Division Chief: Chen Rong-Huei, 0972319770)
 
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Updated:2020-06-02