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Crackdown on Jaywalking: Hong Kong Authorities Issue 1,800 Tickets in Road Safety Campaign

2023 Sept Jaywalking

In a recent crackdown on traffic violations in Hong Kong, authorities have issued a staggering 1,800 fixed penalty tickets to jaywalkers at 174 hotspots over the past three weeks from August 13 at 174 busy intersections. This move comes as part of efforts to enhance pedestrians’ awareness of road safety and reduce the number of fatal accidents in the city.

Surprisingly, a quarter of the pedestrians who received tickets were elderly individuals aged 65 years old or above, according to the police. This highlights the need for increased vigilance among all age groups when it comes to obeying traffic signals and using designated crossings.

The police also took action against drivers, issuing summons to over 2,400 individuals. The most common offenses included using a mobile phone while driving, failing to obey road markings, and speeding. It is worth noting that a significant number of these drivers were professionals.

The alarming statistics released by the police reveal that there has been a 34 percent increase in fatal traffic accidents in the first eight months of this year compared to the same period last year. Shockingly, 60 percent of the victims were pedestrians, with 27 of them being over the age of 65. These figures underscore the urgent need for improved road safety measures and increased awareness among both pedestrians and drivers.

In response to these concerning trends, the police launched a publicity and education campaign aimed at promoting road safety among pedestrians. Additionally, they undertook a three-week enforcement operation at busy intersections to crack down on traffic violations. The objective is to change citizens’ erroneous and potentially dangerous behaviors through deterrent and vigilant methods.

In a separate action taken in Kowloon East, authorities issued a total of 1,457 fixed penalty tickets for illegal parking. Offenses included double parking, illegal loading and unloading, and stopping or waiting at restricted zones, particularly near bus stops. Multiple tickets were issued to 15 drivers, and one vehicle was even towed away as a result of the enforcement.

Furthermore, during a three-day enforcement operation in New Territories South, the police inspected approximately 800 public service vehicles. They detained four minibuses and 18 taxis found to be severely defective. The drivers and vehicle owners may face charges in due course.

In addition to the above, the police issued tickets and summons to drivers for various violations, including speeding, crossing double white lines, and using a mobile phone while driving. They also cracked down on illegal parking, issuing a total of 169 tickets.

The police have reminded drivers that driving defective vehicles not only violates the law but also poses a serious risk to road safety. Offenders may face a maximum fine of HK$10,000 and imprisonment of up to one year upon conviction.

As road safety continues to be a pressing concern in Hong Kong, it is crucial for both pedestrians and drivers to adhere to traffic rules and regulations. By working together and taking responsibility for their actions, individuals can contribute to a safer and more secure environment for all road users.