A Kaohsiung City traffic police chief was caught crossing a double yellow line and stopping a scooter driver that had pressed on his horn from leaving. The police say the chief did not have any ill intentions but has been fined and admonished.
As the scooter rider makes a right turn, he stops to let a pedestrian cross the street. Behind him, someone blasts their horn. A few moments later, a police car illegally passes the scooter. The startled scooter rider presses on his horn to warn the police car. The driver of the police car slams on his brakes and parks in front of the scooter. This incident happened at the end of September in Kaohsiung.
Chang Chia-ming, Chief Supervisor, Kaohsiung City Traffic Police Corps: “The driver of the scooter was pressing his horn, and the officer thought someone needed help. He hit his brakes to slow down. Because the scooter driver didn't try to flag him down, he mistakenly thought nothing had happened.”
The police driver in question is a Traffic Police Corps squadron chief. The police say he did not have any ill intentions. However, the squadron chief has been fined NT$2,400 for crossing a double yellow line while passing the scooter. He also received an admonishment. Some people say this is a bad look by the police.
Ms. Chen, Citizen:” This seems like an abuse of power to me. It affects the rights of road users.”
Mr. Chen, Citizen: “ This doesn’t exactly set a good example.”
The squadron chief says he regrets what he did and for setting a bad example. The Traffic Police Corps also say they will improve internal education and training.