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Police begin crackdown to enforce pedestrians' rights

The police strengthened "road justice" regulation enforcement yesterday, banning motorists, drivers and pedestrians who don't follow traffic regulations on the roads.

In-line with the commencement of the road justice project this November, police began strengthening the enforcement of traffic laws. This will continue for six months. The project specifically targets pedestrians who jay-walk or cross red lights, and motorists and drivers who don't yield to pedestrians.

Two pedestrians yesterday were fined NT$300 each, while four drivers were also fined in Taipei for not yielding to pedestrians.

The number of pedestrian deaths from January to August of 2012 was 160, eight more than for the equivalent period in 2011, according to statistics from the National Police Agency (NPA).

Increased enforcement of pedestrians' rights began in the hopes of improving this statistic, and will become routine practice in the future.

No Laws Against Pedestrians Using Electronics Devices

There is no law against pedestrians using electronics, such as mobile phones or tablet personal computers, while crossing the road, Dennis Huang (黃勢清), director of Taipei City's Traffic Police Division said yesterday.

Except for the elderly, pedestrians are encouraged to walk along crossroads quickly, Huang added. Slow-moving pedestrians cause right-turning cars to wait longer, which causes traffic congestion.

As for drivers and motorists, the NPA has already begun promoting a policy against the use of mobile phones and tablet computers while riding motorcycles or driving cars. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, citizens who break these regulations will be issued traffic tickets.

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