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Presidential Office to upgrade traffic control

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- After the incident in which a truck driver drove his truck into the Presidential Office building, Presidential Office spokeswoman Garfie Li (李佳霏) yesterday held a press conference and said that the Presidential Office convened a meeting on Feb. 14 to discuss plans to strengthen traffic restrictions around the building.

Several media reports claimed that the Presidential Office would forbid all vehicles from driving throughout Ketagalan Boulevard; Li denied the reports, saying that the media's information is incorrect and noting that the Presidential Office has never planned to close the entire boulevard.

Li went on to explain that the traffic restrictions would only be applied to a 120-meter section between Huaining Street (懷寧街) and Chongqing South Road (重慶南路) on Ketagalan Boulevard between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Li further explained that the Ketagalan is 460 meters long, and the traffic control area takes up merely a quarter of the entire boulevard.

Given that the Presidential Office has to further discuss policy details with the National Security Bureau (NSB) and the Taipei City Government, Li said the traffic control will be carried out once the government decides a date to announce it.

DUI Inspection Carried Out

Li said that apart from the traffic restrictions, the Zhongzheng First Precinct of the Taipei City Police Department has started random sobriety tests at the intersection of Ketagalan Boulevard and Huaining Street since Jan. 26.

Noting that the sobriety tests are a temporary means to enhance security around the building, Li said the Presidential Office is reviewing the truck-attack incident and hopes to explain to the public the latest security measures between the end of February and the beginning of March.

Li said the Presidential Office hopes the potential security measures “will not be inconvenient to the public, with minimum force and maximum security effectiveness.”

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The Presidential Office building and Ketagalan Boulevard are shown in this photograph taken yesterday. Presidential Office spokeswoman Garfie Li (李佳霏) said the office will implement traffic restrictions between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. as part of new security measures. (CNA)

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