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Territory-wide operation to promote safe driving
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     Police yesterday (April 26) concluded a one-week territory-wide operation to remind drivers of goods vehicles the importance of safe driving and change driversíŽ undesirable driving behaviour.
 
     This was the latest in an ongoing series of operations conducted by the Police using enforcement to target moving traffic offences, with a view to reducing traffic accidents and maintaining smooth traffic flow.
 
     From January to March 2016, traffic accidents involving goods vehicles amounted to 781, involving 1,000 casualties. This accounted for 20 per cent and 21 per cent of total traffic accidents and casualties respectively.
 
     The operation resulted in the arrest of three drivers and the issue of 54 summonses and 2,635 fixed penalty tickets. Four goods vehicles were suspected of violating safety requirements of the Road Traffic (Construction and Maintenance of Vehicles) Regulations and were sent to Motor Vehicle Examination Centre for further investigation.
 
     Among the 2,689 summonses and fixed penalty tickets issued, 1,411 were issued for illegal parking, 182 for using hand-held mobile phone while driving, 176 for failing to comply with traffic signs, 159 for speeding, 137 for seatbelt-related offences, 74 for overloading, 66 for failing to comply with traffic light signals, 23 for construction and maintenance offences, and 20 for insecure load.

Ends/Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Issued at HKT 18:52

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