Drivers Reminded to Give Priority to Crossing Pedestrians
Traffic police have emphasized the priority of pedestrians in using crosswalks on city streets after the police issued more than 400 pedestrian related traffic violation penalties. Once a pedestrian steps onto a crosswalk and approaching drivers do not show signs of slowing down or stopping, even on a green light, they will be treated as failing to give priority to pedestrians and subsequently fined.
Drivers should wait while pedestrians cross in front of them and must not move forward on a green light until the pedestrians have all crossed the street or reached the safety of an island. If the driver moves they will face fines. Traffic police also used a media briefing to further explain details of city regulations that require drivers to give the right of way to pedestrians at intersections that don’t have any traffic lights. Drivers must also give priority to pedestrians when they are turning right or passing through crosswalks.
Ever since the police launched this activity to help implement regulations, bus and taxis drivers have been following regulations properly, but private car drivers occasionally break the rules. To help confirm violations traffic police use footage from traffic monitoring cameras before imposing the fines.