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Motorists face fines for not stopping at crosswalks

Starting today, motorists will face fines of between NT$1,200 and NT$3,600 if they are caught failing to give way to pedestrians on zebra crossings in Taipei, the city government's Department of Transportation said yesterday.

Officials said that pedestrians have the absolute right of way for crosswalks. Drivers who don't stop to allow pedestrians to pass will be fined in accordance with the Statute Governing Road Traffic Management and Punishment.

Transportation police will step up checks for violations at 10 intersections in 12 administrative districts in Taipei starting Nov. 1, the officials said.

They said that the top three causes of death for Taipei pedestrians in traffic accidents over the past three years were, in declining order, pedestrians recklessly walking through roads without marked crossings, pedestrians walking through red lights, and vehicles failing to yield to pedestrians on crosswalks.

Accordingly, traffic police will also crack down on pedestrians violating the road management and punishment statute, and will remind the public to only cross streets at designated crosswalks.

The officials called for vehicle drivers and pedestrians to respect each other's road rights by following traffic rules.

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