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38 Taiwanese injured, 9 dead in overseas accidents in 2015 H1

38 Taiwanese injured, 9 dead in overseas accidents in 2015 H1

Taipei, July 9 (CNA)
A total of nine Taiwanese died and 38 others were injured in 25 traffic accidents abroad in the first half of 2015, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Bureau of Consular Affairs.
Among the accidents, 13 occurred in Australia, two in New Zealand, four in Vietnam, three in Thailand, two in the United States and one in Japan, said Roger Luo, deputy director-general of the bureau, at a news briefing Thursday.
Most of the injuries and casualties resulted from Taiwanese drivers being unfamiliar with driving in foreign countries, failing to obey traffic rules or yield the right of way to another vehicle, he said. Luo urged Taiwanese nationals to be aware of traffic rules in foreign countries before they get behind the wheel there and to be sure to follow road safety rules.
There has been an increase in the number of traffic accidents involving Taiwanese overseas, as more and more Taiwanese nationals are traveling abroad and participating in overseas working holiday programs, the bureau said.
In 2012, there were 110 reported traffic accidents involving Taiwanese overseas, and 115 in 2013, according to bureau statistics. In 2014, the number increased further to 118, leading to the death of 12 Taiwanese citizens, it said.
Most of the accidents resulted from Taiwanese drivers being unfamiliar with driving on the left side of the road when visiting countries such as Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom, as well as a lack of familiarity with their rental vehicles, the bureau said. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-21 00:59 GMT+08:00