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Nangang Police Precinct, Transportation Industry Collaborate to Enhance Safety of Visually Impaired Pedestrians

Police promoting pedestrian awareness safety tips to truck drivers In recent years, numerous incidents have occurred where visually impaired persons are injured while walking on the sidewalk or crossing the pedestrian crossing due to vehicles not yielding or obstacles being piled on pedestrian crossings.

To protect pedestrians with visual impairments, the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act was amended on October 1, 2019, increasing the fine amount for vehicles (cars and motorcycles) that do not yield to visually impaired pedestrians while near a pedestrian crossing or while turning, as well as for those who place obstacles on the pedestrian crossing.

In consideration of the city’s thriving economic scene, trucks can often be seen driving through streets and alleyways. Since the trucks are larger, taller, and heavier than average cars and motorcycles, as well as for other physical and mechanical factors such as sweep paths and blind spots, an accident involving trucks will also be much more serious and dangerous. In light of this, officers from the Nangang Police Precinct conducted a lecture at a major local transport company on October 14 to remind drivers of the heavy fines that will be incurred if vehicles fail to yield to visually impaired pedestrians starting on October 1. It is imperative that drivers yield to visually impaired pedestrians at intersections to avoid heavy penalties.

According to Paragraph 3, Article 44 of the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act, drivers failing to yield to visually impaired pedestrians carrying a white cane or guide dog on a pedestrian crossing shall be fined between NT$2,400 to NT$7,200; Paragraph 3, Article 48 of the same Act stipulates that drivers failing to yield to visually impaired pedestrians carrying a white cane or guide dog while turning shall be fined between NT$2,400 to NT$7,200 (except for road sections where pedestrians are prohibited from crossing).

Nangang Police Precinct reminds road users to “Respect Visually Impaired Pedestrians’ Right of Way Begins with Yielding”, thereby enhancing safety by paying more attention. Furthermore, to guarantee the right of way for visually impaired pedestrians, the police will clamp down on vehicles not yielding to pedestrians throughout the jurisdiction. Drivers are reminded to yield to pedestrians at intersections to avoid receiving a fine for a traffic violation and to create a good environment for pedestrians.