Traffic Police Issues Red Alert in Anticipation of Holiday Traffic
Traffic police issued a red alert for the holiday traffic on the city’s east side in anticipation of this Wednesday’s Dragon Boat Festival. This will be the highest level alert in the city’s four tiered alarm system and is warning of serious congestion and possible delays.
This is the first time for the traffic police to issue the alert system in advising drivers of traffic congestion. Usually a green alert shows smooth traffic, yellow indicates slow traffic, and orange indicates light to moderate congestion before a red alert is issued. The eastern tourism area and roads will be seriously congested in this upcoming holiday period. Residents are hereby advised to use public transportation since there will be limited parking space
It’s the first time for police to use the alert system to advice drivers of traffic conditions. A green alert indicates smooth traffic, yellow indicates slow traffic and orange indicates light congestion, before the red-alert level. More than 9,000 parking spots are available in the Dapeng and Meisha areas but an estimated 40,000 vehicles will be on the roads during this holiday. Plus the roads to eastern tourism areas are narrow and have limited space capacity. Furthermore 200,000 residents will be passing to the east side all throughout the week.
Traffic jams can start as early as 11 am which causes delays up to three hours, police will also be setting up temporary command centers to help guide traffic and implement traffic controls when necessary.
The annual Dragon Boat Festival is popular in southern China and usually these races draw a huge number of watchers.