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Failure to yield is No. 1 cause of fatal road accidents, again

Failure to yield is No. 1 cause of fatal road accidents, again

Taipei, March 21 (CNA) For the second year in a row, failing to yield the right of way has been listed as the No. 1 cause of fatal traffic accidents in Taiwan, making the infraction more deadly than drunk driving, according to government statistics. For years, drunk driving was the top cause for A1 incidents, or traffic accidents in which at least one life is lost within 24 hours. While the number of drunk driving deaths declined to 169 last year from a high of 727 in 2006, thanks to a government campaign to reduce such fatalities, another major cause for deadly road accidents has come to the fore. For both 2013 and 2014, failure to yield the right of way accounted for the biggest number of A1 incidents in Taiwan, after placing second in 2012, according to the Road Traffic Safety Committee under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. This type of road accidents caused 260 deaths and injured more than 86,700 people in 2014, the committee said. Accidents caused by a party's failure to yield often occur at crossroads, especially those without traffic lights, the National Police Agency said. (By Angela Tsai and Jay Chen)


Updated : 2021-06-17 04:09 GMT+08:00