[Shenzhen]Beihuan violations drop 90%
2012-September-7 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Traffic violations on Beihuan Boulevard, a 19.5-kilometer trunk road, have dropped by 90 percent in the month since police implemented advanced technologies to more closely monitor drivers, Shenzhen traffic police said Thursday.

The daily average of violations on the east-west road now stands at about 300, one-tenth of the average violations recorded before police implemented the new technologies Aug. 9. Police said the number of traffic violations involving trucks also dropped, by 91 percent, to a daily average of 288.

Accidents caused by illegal lane changes decreased by 60 percent in the past month, from August last year, police said.

Traffic police also said congestion has decreased on local roads. There were about 15 major traffic jams per month before the new technologies were implemented, police said, but the number dropped to nine last month. The average length of time that Shenzhen drivers spent stuck in traffic jams per month dropped by 10 to 15 minutes, police added.

Average vehicle speeds on Shenzhen roads increased as a result of the lighter congestion, police said, to 44.2 kilometers per hour during morning rush hours and 43.2 kilometers per hour during evening rush hours.

Beihuan Boulevard handles about 163,090 vehicles a day.

Police will also use new equipment to check "tortoise-speed" vehicles that are driven slower than 60 kilometers per hour during times of no congestion, starting Oct. 1, to improve traffic efficiency. Beihuan Boulevard has a designated speed limit of 80 kilometers per hour.

High-tech road management methods will be gradually introduced on other major roads — including Shenyan No. 2 Passageway, Shuiguan Expressway, Binhe Boulevard, Binhai Boulevard and Fulong Road — that are criticized by drivers for frequent traffic congestion.

Editor: Olivia
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