In response to public outcry over a January 1 regulation stipulating that drivers must stop on yellow lights, traffic management authorities have promised to upgrade road signals, according to China Daily: “The pace of signal upgrading will quicken, the traffic management bureau under the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on Thursday.”
But it’s already too late, if you choose to believe the maker of the embedded video. Taken yesterday in Beijing at Fangzhuang South Road, Youku user 林宝塔夫 claims this five-car fender bender was the result of a driver slamming on the brakes after the green light changed.
To think, it was just yesterday that I wrote, “Let’s see how long until the first rear-end accident caused by a car braking suddenly at yellow.”
We likely haven’t seen the end of these rear-end collisions. China Daily again:
Jiang Mingsheng, a taxi driver in Beijing who has 33 years’ driving experience, said the regulations have put him under pressure when he drives past road crossings, as many traffic lights in Beijing do not have countdown timers.
“I ran a yellow light the other day. I was meters away from the stop line and the lights suddenly turned yellow. I was almost in the middle of the road after I put my brakes on and stopped the vehicle,” he said.
“I don’t think anyone would be able to stop the vehicle in that case,” he said.
State media introduced this new law by airing a compilation of accidents caused by drivers speeding through intersections. How soon before we’re treated to a compilation of accidents caused by braking?