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UPDATED: January 14, 2013 NO. 3 JANUARY 17, 2013
The Yellow Light Offensive

Cao Lin (China Youth Daily): Seldom do we see a traffic rule encountering such opposition and complaint. There is little concern over its severity, which is often necessary to ensure safety. Instead, people question its irrational nature. Some suggest it might cause more problems. Drivers do not always know exactly when to apply the brakes.

In many cities, where no signal countdown devices exist, people say they have experienced rear-end accidents when trying to brake at yellow lights, in accordance with the new rule. The light, which normally acts as a buffer, has seemingly lost its effect. Slowing down also causes extra congestion.

In response to public doubt, authorities have clearly stated that those already across the line can go while those behind should stop. It's done little to dispel concern however.

I suggest the new law be made more reasonable before application to effectively help Chinese drivers abide by the rules.


Tao Duanfang (The Beijing News): In response to controversy regarding the new "harsh" law, the Public Security Ministry says it is quite helpful and has greatly reduced traffic accidents. As for technical problems related to traffic lights, authorities will make the necessary improvements.

In North America, where the auto industry is much more developed, slowing down at yellow lights and punishments for not doing so, is standard practice. The law does give drivers leeway to speed up should they be too close to the line when signals switch though.

In China, instead of slowing down, drivers take yellow lights as signals to hurry up, increasing safety concerns.

The new regulation is designed to correct this bad habit, but might have gone a little far in its attempt. The fundamental solution for road safety involves educating the public to slow down at traffic intersections.

Wang Dan (www.people.com.cn): As for the new regulation, pedestrians have mostly expressed their support while drivers show opposition.

How should we deal with losing six points off our licenses? I believe it remains a question of public safety. Many drivers have no idea what yellow lights mean, preferring to accelerate, which increases danger.

China is becoming "a country on wheels," with more citizens owning cars. However, many drivers lack the necessary skills to be on the road. About 95 percent of local accidents occur due to poor conduct and habits, which also lead to traffic jams. It's high time to promote proper driving practice among Chinese motorists, something the new regulation attempts to do.

It is hoped more people will realize the importance of public safety. In addition, traffic authorities should try to make rules more effective and practical, to keep pace with the ever-rising number of cars on the road.

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