Road rage ris­ing in China

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Chi­nese traf­fic po­lice have han­dled more than 17 mil­lion cases in­volv­ing road rage like ar­bi­trary lane changes and dan­ger­ous over­tak­ing this year, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity.

Though the num­ber of cases han­dled by po­lice has only risen by 2.8 per­cent year-onyear, there are more ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing road rage, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry. In 2013, 80,200 ac­ci­dents were at­trib­uted to anger be­hind the wheel, a 4.9- per­cent year- on- year in­crease. The num­ber rose by 2.4 per­cent in 2014.

The min­istry also warned the coun­try’s 322 mil­lion driv­ers about “dis­tracted driv­ing,” which it said caused 21,570 deaths in 2014.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry, China has more than 169 mil­lion car own­ers.

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