Taipei, An amendment has been proposed to increase fines for drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians at intersections as part of a campaign to improve road safety, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Friday.
Hsieh Ming-hong (謝銘鴻), executive secretary of the MOTC’s Road Traffic Safety Commission, said the amendment to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act will mean that fines will be raised to NT$6,000 (US$204) from the current ceiling of NT$3,600.
In addition, while the existing rules apply only to designated pedestrian crosswalks, the areas to be covered will be expanded to all intersections used by pedestrians, he said.
“Offenders will be charged with two traffic violation points instead of one, plus they will be required to attend road safety lectures,” Hsieh said.
According to current rules, if a driver loses six or more traffic violation points within a six-month period, his or her drivers license will be suspended for one month.
The proposal will need to be reviewed by the Executive Yuan and approved by lawmakers.
Pedestrian safety at intersections has become an issue that requires more public attention, as 40 percent of accidents involving pedestrian fatalities occur there, National Police Agency official Wang Feng-hui (王鳳輝) said.
Traffic violations at intersections also rose from 1.38 million in 2019 to 780,000 during the first six months of 2020, Wang added.
Last year, 458 pedestrians died in traffic accidents, compared with 381 in 2017, also showing an increase, according to MOTC data.
As a result, the MOTC and the agency will work together to enhance law enforcement at intersections across Taiwan throughout September in an effort to increase driver awareness.
Hsieh urged drivers to keep a distance of three meters from pedestrians on crosswalks and to refrain from occupying crosswalks with their cars.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel