Hong Kong police launch five-day operation against jaywalking and other offences
Move is aimed at reducing traffic accidents involving pedestrians, especially senior citizens and students
Police began a five-day city-wide operation against jaywalking and other traffic offences on Friday.
Common pedestrian offences include disobeying light signals, crossing within 15 metres of a pedestrian crossing without using said facility and climbing over a kerbside fence to a carriageway, a police spokesman said.
Officers will issue summons against offenders during the operation.
The move is meant to reduce traffic accidents involving pedestrians, especially senior citizens and young students, according to the spokesman.
Officers from the regional road safety teams distributed publicity leaflets across the city before the operation to urge members of the public to comply with traffic regulations, he said.
Police statistics showed the number of pedestrian casualties dropped by 120, or 4.11 per cent, to 2,797 in the first 10 months of this year from the same period last year. The number of fatalities dropped by five, or 7.24 per cent, to 64 .
Of the fatalities, more than half, or 37 people out of 64, were aged 65 or above.
The Post found many people crossing near the intersection between Des Voeux Road Central and Douglas Street at noon on Friday. Though there is no pedestrian crossing at that section of road, no officer was present at the time.
A middle-aged man, who ran across the road as the traffic slowed due to congestion, said he often jaywalked when there were no police in sight. He said that he was in a hurry.
“Hong Kong’s roads are just not friendly to pedestrians,” the man added, refusing to give his name. “You often have to walk minutes to reach a crossing.”
He said he did not know about the five-day police operation.
Another man, surnamed Wong, who jaywalked near Sogo shopping mall in Causeway Bay, also said he did not know about the operation.
“There are so many cars parking illegally,” Wong said. “Why don’t the police do anything about them?”