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Traffic and road safety in Hong Kong

Unlicensed Hong Kong driver, 23, arrested after high-speed car chase

Police conduct four-day crackdown against speeding, drink driving and illegal road racing in New Territories North

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 April, 2018, 1:51pm
UPDATED : Monday, 02 April, 2018, 10:54pm

An unlicensed motorist was arrested after leading police on a 2.5km high-speed chase in northern Hong Kong in the early hours of Monday.

The 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, driving without a licence, driving without third-party insurance and driving an unregistered vehicle.

The pursuit began at about 3am, after officers from the New Territories North traffic unit carrying out an operation against traffic violations spotted the car in question speeding through a red light on Long Tin Road, Yuen Long.

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The Honda accelerated and sped off as officers approached and tried to intercept it, a police spokesman said. The officers then gave chase.

“During the pursuit, the car sped through sets of red lights,” the spokesman said.

The vehicle was intercepted by police on Tin Lung Road, Tin Shui Wai, about 2.5km away. The driver, a Hongkonger, was arrested and later released on bail pending further investigation. He is required to report to police next month.

The arrest was part of a four-day police crackdown that began on Friday against speeding, drink driving and illegal road racing in the New Territories North region. During the operation, code-named Fossington, unmarked police cars were deployed on patrol and road blocks were set up.

At about 2am on Sunday, two cars were intercepted on Tolo Highway in Tai Po for travelling at high speed and changing lanes recklessly. The two male drivers, aged 21 and 37, were arrested on suspicion of illegal road racing. They were granted bail and must report to police in May.

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During the operation, police issued 60 fixed penalty tickets to drivers for speeding offences and arrested five motorists for drink driving. Officers also found seven vehicles that were suspected to have been illegally modified. The vehicles were impounded for examination.

The spokesman said police would continue to carry out regular operations against illegal road racing and drink driving to ensure road safety.

According to police figures, 36 people died in 17 fatal road traffic accidents across the city in the first two months of this year. In the whole of last year, 132 people died in 129 fatal traffic accidents.