Cam­paign by min­istry will place more of­fi­cers at key in­ter­sec­tions

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YAN in Bei­jing and LIU KUN in Wuhan

The Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity ini­ti­ated a cam­paign this month to curb the prob­lem of ve­hi­cles fail­ing to give way to pedes­tri­ans in cross­walks.

The ac­tion will last un­til the end of this year, the min­istry’s traf­fic man­age­ment bu­reau said on Wed­nes­day.

“Ve­hi­cles al­low­ing pedes­tri­ans to go first is not only a mat­ter of com­pli­ance with traf­fic rules and reg­u­la­tions but an im­por­tant sym­bol of city civ­i­liza­tion,” the bu­reau said in a state­ment.

The min­istry in­tends to cre­ate “a safe, or­derly, civ­i­lized and un­ob­structed traf­fic en­vi­ron­ment” be­fore the open­ing of the 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China later this year.

In re­cent years, a large num­ber of cross­walk in­ci­dents — in­clud­ing 3,898 pedes­trian fa­tal­i­ties — oc­curred across the coun­try, arous­ing at­ten­tion at home and abroad.

Min­istry data show that from June 2014 to last month, there were 14,000 in­ci­dents in which ve­hi­cles struck pedes­tri­ans in cross­walks na­tion­wide. Of those, 90 per­cent were blamed on ve­hi­cles vi­o­lat­ing traf­fic reg­u­la­tions.

“Lo­cal traf­fic con­trol po­lice should take the ex­ist­ing prob­lems in cross­walk man­age­ment se­ri­ously, and take a zero-tol­er­ance at­ti­tude in in­ves­ti­gat­ing any il­le­gal be­hav­ior in­volv­ing ve­hi­cles,” the state­ment from the traf­fic bu­reau said.

The min­istry said that dur­ing the ini­tia­tive, pub­lic se­cu­rity de­part­ments will send

Ve­hi­cles al­low­ing pedes­tri­ans to go first is ... an im­por­tant sym­bol of city civ­i­liza­tion.”

Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity

more po­lice of­fi­cers and aux­il­iary po­lice to pa­trol the streets, es­pe­cially places with a large flow of peo­ple and cross­walks that are not gov­erned by traf­fic lights. Po­lice of­fi­cers will strengthen their ef­forts at key in­ter­sec­tions, it said.

The po­lice will use a va­ri­ety of tools for en­force­ment, in­clud­ing dif­fer­ent kinds of record­ing de­vices. In ad­di­tion, of­fi­cers will co­or­di­nate with each other to flag down vi­o­la­tors, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry, which said the ef­fort is in­tend-

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