A proven way to cut road deaths

Taxi drivers on average commit speeding offences 51 times more often than bus drivers and eight times more often than minibus drivers.

Value-for-money reports by the Audit Commission measure the performance of government departments and public bodies against objectives. This can help prompt action by officials to meet public expectations. The latest report raises questions about road safety - in particular speeding and drink-driving. It found that taxi drivers on average commit speeding offences 51 times more often than bus drivers and eight times more often than minibus drivers.

Monday, 22 April, 2013, 1:58am

Director of Public Prosecutions to retire around August

A trend not to ignore?

We gather that Kevin Zervos will be retiring from his position as director of public prosecutions around July or August. He resigned in November last year but it was unclear as to exactly when he would leave. He told Lai See: "I've got to make a move before I reach the retirement age to settle into a career that I can pursue because I don't want to stop working."

18 Apr 2013 - 5:33am

Letters to the Editor, February 17, 2013

HK$1 deposit for fluorescent lamps. Photo: SMP

The Environmental Protection Department's fluorescent lamp recycling programme provides public collection points for old fluorescent bulbs, although the container does not cater to longer tubes that some households, like my own, use.

17 Feb 2013 - 1:59am

Briefs, February 12, 2013

Three people have so far died in clashes that erupted in Kashmir after parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru was executed in New Delhi. Photo: EPA

A British grandmother sentenced to death by firing squad for trafficking drugs into Indonesia lodged an appeal to the High Court. 

12 Feb 2013 - 7:07am

Taiyuan police chief Li Yali on probation

Taiyuan police chief Li Yali on probation

Li Yali, the scandal-plagued police chief in Taiyuan , capital of Shanxi province, has been placed on probation within the Communist Party for one year and is set to be fired, state media said.

14 Jan 2013 - 4:12am

Police chief fired for allegedly covering up son's assault on cop

Li Yali

The police chief of Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province, has been dismissed and is under investigation for allegedly covering up his son's drink-driving and assault of a traffic police officer, Xinhua reported yesterday.

8 Dec 2012 - 7:37am 3 comments

China Digest, December 8, 2012

The winner of a food-inspection competition discovered five illegal additives in half an hour, the Beijing Morning News reports.

8 Dec 2012 - 4:52am

China Digest, November 29, 2012

The Beijing Institute of Technology has received 1.2 billion yuan (HK$1.48 billion) to build a large centre for the research and development of defence technologies, and construction began on Monday, the Beijing Evening News reports.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:41am

US Supreme Court to review forced blood-alcohol tests

The US Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether motorists suspected of drink-driving who refuse to take a breath test can be forced to have their blood drawn at a hospital.

A ruling in a case in the state of Missouri, expected next year, could help define the powers of the police and the rights of American motorists stopped for driving while intoxicated.

27 Sep 2012 - 4:32am

Briefs, September 24, 2012

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko votes. Photo: EPA

Panda cub dies a week after its birth in US zoo

24 Sep 2012 - 4:11am


Drunk or drug driving totally unacceptable

I am very concerned about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Recently, a young woman was run over by a motorist who was charged with drug driving. This horrific accident has raised awareness of the issue.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Drink-drive let-off for official causes a storm

A Shenzhen court's decision to let a drink-driving official walk free because the distance involved was too short has sparked an online outcry.

The official has now been suspended from duty pending further examination of his drink-driving case, Xinhua reported late yesterday.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Man sought over attack on mainland woman

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

First arrest under new drug-drive regulations

Police have made their first arrest of a driver suspected to be under the influence of an illegal drug since a drug-driving law came into effect last week.

The driver, 33, was also the first person in the city to be subject to a new five-part impairment test to see whether he was influenced by drugs.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Time is right for drug-driving tests

The city lagged behind other advanced jurisdictions in introducing random breath-testing and tougher penalties for drink driving that fit a serious crime against society. Those deterrents were soon reflected in fewer cases of injury and death involving alcohol, with the strong inference that they are saving lives.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am