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Crackdown on drivers ignoring pedestrians

CHINA’S Ministry of Public Security has urged police nationwide to strengthen checks and punishment on motorists who do not give way to pedestrians.

During the past three years, 3,898 people were killed in 14,000 accidents on crosswalks in China.

Ninety percent of the fatalities involved motorists failing to give way to pedestrians, according to the ministry’s Traffic Management Bureau.

Traffic police should step up patrols and strengthen monitoring with surveillance cameras on streets, said the bureau, calling for tougher enforcement and sterner punishment.

For a safer environment for pedestrians, traffic bureaus nationwide will provide better traffic signs, install more traffic lights, and help build more underground passages or pedestrian bridges.

Beijing traffic police began enforcing a fine of 200 yuan (US$29) last Thursday for motorists who fail to give way to pedestrians on crosswalks.

The violation will also result in a loss of three demerit points. When motorists loose all 12 points they must retake the driver’s license test.

The enforcement of the fine comes days after surveillance camera footage went viral showing a woman in central China’s Henan Province being hit by a taxi while on a crosswalk. Lying on the crosswalk, she was run over by a second car.

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