Hong Kong authorities on Thursday launched a fresh campaign to curb jaywalking and other traffic offenses by pedestrians.
Under the citywide operation, which will last until July 19, the police will maintain a special vigil on people who cross the roads without paying heed to the traffic lights and other rules.
The purpose of the operation is to reduce traffic accidents involving pedestrians, in particular senior citizens and young students.
Police warned that people who blatantly jaywalk or commit other serious traffic offences will be issued fixed penalty tickets, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Under the Road Traffic (Traffic Control) Regulations, pedestrians who cross a road without regard to the traffic light signal is liable to a fine of HK$2,000.
According to a police spokesman, common pedestrian offences include disobeying light signals, not using pedestrian crossing when such facility is available within 15 meters, and climbing over a kerbside fence or through a central reservation onto a carriageway.
Police figures show that there were a total of 1,340 pedestrian-related incidents in the first five months of this year.
A total of 26 fatalities were recorded during the period, with half of them involving people aged 65 or above.
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