Drivers ignore black-spot traffic lights

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 March, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 March, 2005, 12:00am

Drivers continue to flout traffic signals at the site of a fatal accident in North Point five months ago.

In the course of an hour yesterday, the South China Morning Post saw 14 drivers jump yellow lights and one run a red light at the junction of Healthy Street East and King's Road, where two people were killed and 18 injured when two minibuses collided with a taxi on October 22.

Both minibuses were said to have run a red light moments before the crash, which contributed to pressure on the government to toughen the enforcement of traffic rules.

At the same place between midnight and 1am yesterday, one taxi jumped a red light, while 11 others, two minibuses and a four-wheel drive sped through yellow lights. Some of the drivers accelerated when they saw the traffic signal change from yellow to red.

There were five accidents at the junction last year, three of which were caused by drivers jumping lights, compared with two of the three accidents there in 2003.

A spokesman for the Environment, Transport and Works Bureau said a driver must stop at a yellow light unless the brakes cannot be safely applied. He admitted little was done to enforce the law regarding yellow lights.

However, the bureau said more than 100 people were prosecuted daily for jumping red lights, while an average of one accident a day was caused by drivers disobeying traffic signals.