Air defense drill disrupted traffic in northern Taiwan
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.