Sun, May 04, 2008 - Page 2 News List

Cops to step up crackdown on helmets

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications will ask traffic police to step up a crackdown on motorcyclists who fail to buckle their helmets.

Those who fail to buckle up as required by law face a fine of NT$500.

Since the mandatory use of helmets was introduced a decade ago, it has effectively cut the death rate to 0.82 percent, compared to a 6.09 percent rate prior to the law.

While a majority of motorcyclists have formed the habit of wearing them, casualties among motorcycle riders not using helmets is still high. Statistics show that 60 percent of those killed or severely injured in accidents between 2005 and last year were not wearing helmets.

A study of the accidents showed that many of the injuries and fatalities occurred because drivers or passengers failed to properly buckle their helmets or because they were going too fast or were in high-impact crashes.

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