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60 people died in road accidents this year

The Shanghai traffic police said yesterday that 60 people have died in over 200 road accidents this year.

The accidents involved pedestrians, bikes and mopeds. While the number of casualties had actually gone down, traffic violations were still a cause of worry.

About 243 people were injured in accidents, despite a citywide crackdown on pedestrian and non-vehicle violation.

Among the dead, 21 were pedestrians.

“Many riders and pedestrians take reckless risks trying to compete with vehicles at the crossroads,” said Wang Jian, a traffic police in downtown Huangpu District.

At the Xizang and Jinling roads intersection where Wang is based, the officer stopped more than 10 people, riding bikes or walking, risking their lives running red lights or moving onto the vehicle lanes during the morning rush hour.

In their latest effort to promote orderly behavior, police have been distributing free tourist tickets, while the lawbreakers are told to read out the traffic act loudly  in full view of the public.

The traffic police also found that the 10-yuan penalty was not good enough to stop the violations.

The police are also trying to expose the violators, but it hasn’t helped much.

In April, a moped rider died after a head-on collision with a cargo truck at the Wenshui and Shouyang roads intersection. The rider jumped the red light. The truck driver said he was only driving at about 30 kilometers per hour. But within a month a similar accident involving another moped rider happened at an intersection close by.



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