KRTC Pursuing Charges Against Driver That Ran Crossing 騎士闖紅燈穿越輕軌 高捷告發涉公共危險罪

On Dec. 19, a driver ran a railroad crossing at Kaohsiung's Gushan-Beidou intersection and just barely missed getting hit by an oncoming train. Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp. has submitted evidence to the police in the hopes of seeing her charged with offenses against public safety.


A 19-year-old woman ran a railroad crossing at the intersection of Kaohsiung's Gushan Second Road and Beidou Street after the warning light had already come on. The police happened to see this and pulled her over after a car chase. The woman was fined NT$3,600 for running a red light. However, Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp. says this was reckless endangerment and has submitted additional evidence to the police in the hopes of seeing her charged with offenses against public safety.

Wang Po-yen, Public Affairs Director, Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp.: “In similar cases in the past, the car or scooter in question always decelerated. The driver yesterday made no attempt to decelerate and in fact sped up. That's why we are thinking of asking the police to charge her with offenses against public safety.”

The KRTC says there have already been 11 light rail collisions caused by motorists this year. It hopes an offense against public safety charge will deter other drivers from running railroad crossings.

Citizen: “It's safer for us this way. It's not making a mountain out of a molehill. This is common sense, right? When you see a (train), you let them go first.”

Wan Han-yi, Lawyer: “Running a (railroad crossing) is punishable by 14 days of detention. That's why there's a guilty verdict and criminal offense. This can't be taken too lightly.”

One lawyer says there is a 2019 precedent for an offense against public safety charge in such a situation. KRTC says future cases will be assessed individually and it won't pursue an offense against public safety charge in every case of this kind.

 

 

 

輕軌列車準備經過高雄鼓山二路與北斗街這個路口,警示燈號已亮起,這名19歲的女子卻還是闖紅燈穿越,同向的員警發現立刻驅車追人,女子最後因在大眾運輸路口闖紅燈,被開闖紅燈罰單3600元,不過高捷公司認為女子行為太危險,首次主動提供警方完整的資料,告發對方涉犯公共危險罪。

高捷公共事務處長王柏雁表示:「像我們以往的相關的擦撞事件,汽機車可能至少都會有減速的動作,昨天這位騎士的話,他是完全沒有減速而且加速通行,所以是我們覺得第一次會想要說是不是呼籲警方這邊,能夠以公共危險罪來加以論處。」

高捷公司表示,除了19日這次的事件,輕軌列車今年已經被擦撞11次,每次責任都在駕駛人身上,女子的行為已讓乘客陷入危險中,才首次以公共危險罪的方向建議警方,也希望罪名成立。

民眾說:「這對我們比較有安全,不會小題大作,因為大家一般的常識都曉得,對不對,看到車子來讓一下。」

律師王瀚誼指出:「曾經有這樣的行為人(闖平交道)被判拘役14天,所以是會成立刑事的有罪判決,所以這一點不得不慎。」

律師說,雖還沒有闖越輕軌路口被判處公共危險罪成立的案例,但民國98年時,曾有民眾因闖越平交道遭高雄地院判刑,若以輕軌事件來看,罪名要成立不是不可能,不過高捷公司表示,後續還是會視情節輕重,不會每次都以公共危險罪來告發。
 

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