Air de­fense drill dis­rupted traf­fic in north­ern Tai­wan

The China Post - - LOCAL -

With the ex­cep­tion of emer­gency ve­hi­cles, all traf­fic came to a stand­still from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. yes­ter­day as part of an air de­fense drill which cov­ered all cities and coun­ties in north­ern Tai­wan.

All ve­hi­cles were re­quired to pull over and pedes­tri­ans to evac­u­ate and stay in­doors or in shel­ters where avail­able.

While rail­ways, mass rapid tran­sit sys­tems in the seven cities and coun­ties in north­ern Tai­wan con­tin­ued to op­er­ate and air traf­fic wasn’t dis­rupted, the au­thor­i­ties re­minded trav­el­ers to get to their points of de­par­ture ahead of time, if nec­es­sary, in or­der not to be stuck on their way.

Dur­ing the half-hour pe­riod, ve­hi­cles al­ready on na­tional free­ways could con­tinue to travel but on-ramps in the seven cities and coun­ties were closed and all ve­hi­cles were re­quired to pull over as soon as they left the free­way.

The Wan An No. 38 ex­er­cise ( ) cov­ered all parts of Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Keelung City, Yi­lan County, Hs­inchu County and Hs­inchu City.

Peo­ple who re­fused to com­ply with the reg­u­la­tions or the in­struc­tions of of­fi­cers who en­force the evac­u­a­tion or­der may be fined be­tween NT$30,000 (US$984) and NT$150,000.

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