Po­lice tell ex­er­cis­ers to stay off the roads

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHAO RUIXUE in Ji­nan zhaoruixue@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

The po­lice in Linyi, Shan­dong prov­ince, are en­cour­ag­ing schools to open their play­grounds to the pub­lic for ex­er­cise af­ter a taxi drove into a group of peo­ple jog­ging in a ve­hi­cle lane, leav­ing one per­son dead and two in­jured.

Traf­fic po­lice will ask peo­ple who jog in ve­hi­cle lanes to use the side­walk and re­quire them not to dis­turb traf­fic, the Linyi po­lice said via so­cial me­dia. Those who se­ri­ously vi­o­late traf­fic reg­u­la­tions will face pun­ish­ment.

The Zaoyuan walk­ing team, which has more than 40 mem­bers, was no­ti­fied by po­lice that its mem­bers can ex­er­cise on the Zaoyuan Mid­dle School play­ground.

How­ever, a team mem­ber said it’s more con­ve­nient to walk on roads.

“It’s dark on the play­ground at night, as there are no lights. How­ever, con­sid­er­ing safety, and if ev­ery mem­ber agrees to walk there, we’ll go,” she was quoted as say­ing by Bei­jing Times.

Five days af­ter the deadly in­ci­dent on July 8, a video cir­cu­lated on­line show­ing an­other group of peo­ple dressed in flu­o­res­cent cloth­ing jog­ging at night in ve­hi­cle lanes in Linyi.

How­ever, Liu Jun­hai, the team leader, said the group was not us­ing the ve­hi­cle lanes.

“We were walk­ing on the side­walk. We just used the ve­hi­cle lane for a short dis­tance be­cause cars were parked on the side­walk,” he said.

Xu Guilin, head of a sports as­so­ci­a­tion, said all walk­ing teams were no­ti­fied not to use ve­hi­cle lanes. If they are found do­ing so, the team flag and num­ber will be re­voked and its lead­ers will be kicked out.

Re­spon­si­bil­ity for the deadly ac­ci­dent has not been de­ter­mined yet.

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