Traffic accidents have become the No.1 cause for deaths among children. According to statistics, in 2017, the number of children killed or injured in traffic accidents totaled to 10,503 children, with the highest number of casualties from Kaohsiung. As elections approach, social welfare organizations are calling candidates to cast their focus, on this neglected issue.
When dropping and picking their kids up at schools, many parents have to raise their alertness for potential dangers on the road.
I have run into situations when, as I try to cross the road with my kids, the cars don't always yield the right of way. The approaching cars often cause a great deal of anxiety when I'm cross intersections with my children.
Some scooter riders look at their phones (while riding), it affects those of us who are right behind him.
According to the statistics from social welfare groups, 90 percent of the parents believe vehicle drivers and motorcycle riders engage in dangerous on-road behaviors. The behaviors include: disobeying traffic regulations, dangerous driving, and failing to yield way to pedestrians. In 2017, a total of 10,503 of children under 14 were killed or injured in traffic accidents. Across the six major cities, the city of Kaohsiung saw the highest number of children casualties in traffic accidents between 2015 and 2017, at more than 5,000. Taichung City saw the second highest casualties.
Many parents from Taipei, New Taipei, and Taoyuan City said that many vehicles on the road these days don't yield way to pedestrians. And drivers in southern Taiwan, including in Taichung, Tainan, and Kaohsiung, generally don't obey traffic signals.
Traffic accidents are of great danger to children. However, as the local elections approach, the social welfare groups have noticed that most of the traffic policies proposed by candidates focus on improving public transportation system and road condition, while very few pay attention to road safety in school districts. The organizations have called on the public to pay more attention on the issue, saying though children do not have the right to vote, their safety should not be ignored, and that the government must take the issue more seriously.