By: Lee Hsin-Yin
Taipei, Dec. 26 (CNA) Taipei has topped all administrative areas across Taiwan in pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents so far this year, with 23 fatalities, data from local police departments showed.
The number of those dying within 24 hours after a traffic accident hit 74, including 23 pedestrians, 39 motorbike riders and six cyclists, according to the Traffic Division of Taipei City Police Department.
Among the 23 deceased, 17 were aged 65 or older, transport official Chung Hui-yu (鍾慧諭) said, adding that they were most likely involved in the accidents because they could not see clearly and move fast enough to avoid oncoming vehicles.
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has demanded related authorities draft up plans to improve the situation and educate vehicle drivers to yield to pedestrians in traffic. [FULL STORY]