This May, Tainan was shaken by a tragic incident: a left-turning vehicle struck a mother and her child crossing the road, claiming the life of the three-year-old and leaving the mother critically injured. This event emphasized the urgent call for traffic reform, which had already been highlighted by CNN’s classification of Taiwan as a “pedestrian hell.”
What exactly is responsible for Taiwan’s traffic nightmare? Sidewalks, narrow and filled with vehicles, leave pedestrians with little choice but to venture onto roads, where they often compete for right-of-way against vehicles. Compounding this chaos are the prevailing and flagrant disregard for traffic regulations, risky driving habits and the acute lack of road education.
For possible solutions, Taiwan could look overseas to Japan and its policy of regulating legal vehicle ownership. In Tokyo, where the rules are rigorously applied, drivers must be subject to thorough biennial vehicle inspections. They are also burdened by substantial taxes, and required to provide proof of a parking space prior to even purchasing a car. This demanding environment has encouraged a transition toward more sustainable transportation methods, such as public transit and walking.
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Were Taiwan to embrace more advanced approaches, such as by implementing Australia’s progressive licensing system, traffic chaos could be reduced. This system contrasts with Taiwan’s rather inadequate licensing practice, ensuring that only individuals demonstrating adequate competence and safety consciousness are granted permission to drive on public roads. In a thorough process that extends for a minimum of three years, novice drivers in Australia, upon passing an initial test, are issued a speed-limited provisional license. They are then required to pass a series of further tests to obtain a full license.
Indeed, while it’s the government’s obligation to improve infrastructure and devise comprehensive policies, citizens also need to contribute. If everyone prioritizes road safety, Taiwan may shed its negative reputation and transform itself into a pedestrian paradise.
今年五月，臺南發生了一起悲慘的事故：一輛左轉的汽車撞到一名正在過馬路的母親和她的孩子，導致該名三歲的孩童喪命，而母親則身受重傷。這一事件再度凸顯出交通改革的迫切性，這個在之前 CNN 將臺灣列為「行人地獄」時就已突顯的問題。
right-of-way n. 通行權
flagrant adj. 公然的；明目張膽的
biennial adj. 兩年一次的
lessen v. 降低；減輕
novice n. 新手；初學者
provisional adj. 臨時的；暫定的
infrastructure n. 基礎建設
1. pedestrian n. 行人
The crazy driver was speeding and weaving in and out of lanes and almost hit a pedestrian.
2. compound v. 加劇；惡化；混合
The slow production pace due to workers that were off sick was only compounded by supplies not arriving on time.
3. acute adj. 嚴重的；劇烈的；敏銳的
Unemployment in this region is an acute problem and needs to be addressed immediately.
4. rigorously adv. 嚴格地；縝密地
The athletes trained rigorously for months to prepare for the upcoming competition.
5. transit n. 運輸；運送
transition n. 轉變；過渡
Many cities are investing in improving their public transit systems to reduce traffic jams.
6. implement vt. 實施；貫徹
The government lost support as it failed to implement most of the policies it had proposed.
7. progressive adj. 逐漸的；先進的
The patient showed a progressive improvement in health after starting the new treatment.
8. comprehensive adj. 全面的；詳盡的
The company offers a comprehensive training program to equip employees with necessary skills.
9. shed v. 擺脫；去除；脫落（三態 shed-shed-shed）
Megan managed to shed her fears and gave a fantastic performance on stage.
A very popular dish at Taiwanese night markets for generations has been the oyster omelet, with its soft sticky texture and slightly crispy edge. In Taiwan, this dish is often pronounced in Taiwanese Hokkien as o-a-tsian, which literally means “oyster fried.” One unique feature of the language is that a dish is often named by saying its major ingredients first, followed by the method used to cook it. 蚵仔煎是台灣流傳好幾代的夜市美食，口感軟黏，邊緣微脆，在台灣多半以台語念做o-a-tsian，意思為「牡蠣煎」。這是台語獨特的語法，命名時會將食材的名字加上烹飪的動詞，就成了菜餚的名字。 omelet (n.) 煎蛋餅（英式拼法為 omelette） sticky (adj.) 黏黏的 texture (n.) 口感，質地 ingredient (n.) 食材 An oyster omelet is made by frying oysters, eggs and vegetables, then pouring a sweet potato starch
A: The Lantern Festival — the 15th day of the first lunar month — will be this Sunday. B: Where’s the Taiwan Lantern Festival being held this year? A: It’s taking place in Tainan and will run until March 10. B: It’s the Year of the Dragon: there must be a lot of dragon-shaped lanterns. How about the Taipei Lantern Festival? A: The event has moved back to Ximending and will run until March 3. A: 農曆1月15日元宵節，今年將會落在本週日。 B: 今年「台灣燈會」在哪裡？ A: 在台南，活動持續到3月10日。 B: 今年是龍年，應該會有許多以龍為造型的花燈。那「台北燈節」呢？ A: 這次燈節將會搬回西門町，活動持續到3月3日。 （By Eddy Chang, Taipei Times／台北時報張聖恩）
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