New regulations prohibiting riding bicycle when drunk, enforcing mandatory use

New regulations prohibiting riding bicycle when drunk, enforcing mandatory use


New regulations designed to help make South
Korea’s roads safer come into effect today. Car passengers in the back seats will be legally
required to fasten their seatbelts… and penalties await people riding a bicycle while
under the influence of alcohol. Seo Bo-bin reports. Starting Friday, people will be penalized
if caught riding a bicycle while drunk. According to the Ministry of Public Administration
and Security, under the revised Road Traffic Act, people riding bicycles while intoxicated
will have to pay a fine of 30 US dollars. There was previously a clause prohibiting
cycling while drunk, but it wasn’t enforced. The new regulations will be effective not
only on public roads but also on bicycle paths such as those alongside the Han River. It is also mandatory to wear a safety helmet
when riding a bicycle, although no punishment will be imposed when a helmet is not used. Another regulation being enforced is the mandatory
use of seatbelts for all seats in vehicles on the road and on highways. According to the Center for Disease Control
and Prevention, if people involved in traffic accidents aren’t wearing a seatbelt, the chances
of death are 2-point-8 times higher for those in the front seat and 3-point-7 times higher
for those in the back seat. The new regulations aim to reduce the number
of deaths from traffic accidents by half by 2022. Seo Bo-bin, Arirang News.

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