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Territory-wide campaign to promote pedestrian safety

     The Police will run a one-week territory-wide pedestrian road safety campaign from tomorrow (March 18) to March 24, with a view to reducing traffic accidents involving pedestrians, in particular senior citizens.

     Enforcement action will be taken during the campaign. The Police will issue summons against pedestrians who have jaywalked or committed other serious traffic offences. Verbal warnings will be given to those who have committed minor traffic offences.

     Officers from the Police Regional Road Safety Teams distributed publicity leaflets at various locations in the territory prior to the campaign period to enhance pedestrians¡¦ road safety awareness and urge the public to comply with road traffic regulations.

     A Police spokesman said that common pedestrian offences included disobeying light signals; crossing within 15 metres of a footbridge, pedestrian subway or pedestrian crossing without using such facilities; and climbing over a kerbside fence or through a central reservation onto a carriageway.

     Police figures showed that from January to February 2015, there were 591 pedestrian casualties and nine pedestrian fatalities. Among the deceased, seven were aged 60 or above.

Ends/Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Issued at HKT 19:29


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