TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A scooter driver in southern Taiwan was given four tickets for failing to use her turn signal when changing lanes four times within two minutes.
According to the Sanmin 2nd Precinct of the Kaohsiung City Police, a female scooter driver surnamed Wu (吳) violated traffic rules by changing lanes four times without signaling while driving down Dingshan Street in Sanming District on Oct. 29 of last year. A motorist behind her reported the infractions to police within two minutes.
The police issued four tickets totaling NT$4,800 (US$171) in fines. The precinct on Sunday (Jan. 10) announced that it had rejected her appeal because after reviewing the information and video camera footage, they found that the facts of the violation were clear.
According to Article 42 of the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act (道路交通管理處罰條例), the offense is punishable by a fine of between NT$1,200 and NT$3,600. However, Wu complained that the penalties were excessive, as she had been issued four tickets by police on the same road section and at the same time and date.
Wu claimed that she had been on her way to work and had changed lanes because she was worried a vehicle might pull out in front of her from a side road. She said: "Is this justice? Is [he/she] an evil whistleblower or the devil? As to whether this was excessive punishment, that is for society to decide."
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