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Campaign slashes traffic accidents

TRAFFIC accidents and casualties have dropped dramatically since the end of March under an ongoing citywide campaign focussing on stricter law enforcement, more traffic police and cameras on the roads and more public education, the Shanghai Public Security Bureau said yesterday.

Overall, accidents fell 24 percent, deaths 14 percent and injuries 47 percent over the same period last year, police said at a national police conference on traffic management.

Accidents caused by drivers ignoring red lights plunged 71 percent and those caused by speeding dropped 65 percent. Collisions caused by bike riders cutting across cars or pedestrians to turn at crossroads fell 65 percent and accidents from bikes in motor lanes were down 43 percent.

The dramatic improvements came as the average hours of congestion on major elevated roads were cut by at least one hour and the speed of buses in bus-only lanes increased by 50 percent as more car drivers stayed in their lanes, Shanghai Transportation Commission data showed.

Shanghai has about 4.7 million motor vehicles and more than 11 million bikes for its 24.8 million residents. There are about 4.5 square meters of road space per resident, compared with the national standard of 7.

Bai Shaokang, head of the Public Security Bureau said police will continue the campaign for the “fundamental restoration” of order to the city’s traffic.


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