Shang­hai mulls red line for jay­walk­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Shang­hai is con­sid­er­ing draw­ing a red line, or many of them, to com­bat jay­walk­ing.

The lines on the edge of side­walks like in Hong Kong were sug­gested by some lo­cal leg­is­la­tors to curb jay­walk­ing.

The red lines are marked where peo­ple can never cross the street, and vi­o­la­tors face se­vere pun­ish­ment, Yu Guo­qiang, a deputy to the Shang­hai Peo­ple's Congress, the city’s leg­isla­tive body, said.

“Un­der the cur­rent law, jay­walk­ers are fined 10 yuan ($1.45), which is too lit­tle to work as a de­ter­rent,” said deputy Liu Min­gang.

Jay­walk­ing im­pedes traf­fic safety in many Chi­nese ci­ties. In Dalian, Liaon­ing prov­ince, jay­walk­ing caused 155 traf­fic ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing death from the be­gin­ning of 2015 to April last year. In Chon­qing mu­nic­i­pal­ity, nearly half of all traf­fic ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing in­jury or death were trig­gered by jay­walk­ing in 2015.

LONG LEI / XIN­HUA

A swim­mer marks the start of the Chi­nese Year of the Rooster by wear­ing a cos­tume and div­ing into icy wa­ter in Shenyang, Liaon­ing prov­ince on Tues­day.

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