Friday, August 10, 2012

About 20,000 people fined for illegally crossing roads

Friday, 10 August 2012 14:37 Yadanar Oo

Rangoon (Mizzima) – A total of 19,492 people were given citations for illegally crossing roads from January until late July, the Rangoon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles reported this week.

Sule Pagoda and traffic in Rangoon. Photo: / Flickr

The fine is 2,200 kyat ($2.50), a high fine in a country where a low-income worker earns $1. Violators are taken to a nearby traffic-police station where they pay the fine.

Most of the people were from six townships in downtown Rangoon; Pazundaung, Botahtaung, Kyauktada, Pabedan, Latha and Ahlone townships. Fines for the period totaled 42.9 million kyat (US$ 49,122)

 “Arresting and punishing violators who indiscriminately crossed roads is not just for a short period. We will continue taking actions against them,” said an official from the committee’s Wireless and Traffic Police Force said,

In addition to traffic police, about 60 ex-servicemen/ex-policemen have been appointed to hand out citations by the Rangoon municipal committee, which pays them 2,100 kyat per day for their service.

“The municipal minister is the chairman of an employment opportunities committee, so he wants to utilize the workforce of his retired employees. That’s why they were appointed to monitor and take action against people who carelessly cross roads,” an official said.

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