Using Your Phone While Driving a Fineable Offense 開車騎車滑手機 去年取締逾6.3萬件

Police can technically fine drivers for handheld phone use while driving. Over 63,000 drivers were issued citations in 2021 alone.


The police officer gestures at the driver to pull over. The driver immediately drops his phone.

Police Officer: “I was waiting to make a turn when I saw you using your phone. You were still talking when I got here.”

This scooter driver was swiping on his phone while driving and failed to notice the police was right there. Drivers are not allowed to use their phones while driving whether they are holding their phone or their phone is in a cradle. 

Citizen: “It's really difficult to deal with. Only delivery drivers use cradles because of the nature of their work.”

Citizen: “I think (people) should be (fined) because of safety reasons.”

Police issued 37,000, 77,000 and 63,000 citations for phone use while driving in, respectively, 2019, 2020 and 2021. Police say cradles aren't a guarantee of safety because drivers remain distracted. However, enforcement is an issue.

Huang Tsung-bin, Squadron Chief, Taipei City Police Traffic Division: “Current regulations focus more on handheld usage. It is more difficult to cite drivers that operate their phones while their phones are in cradles.”

There are also no fines or punishment for watching videos while driving. At the most, drivers are given a warning. Police say clearer regulations and punishment are needed, while drivers say fines would be excessive.

 

 

 

騎到貨車旁,員警不斷做手勢要求路邊停車,只見駕駛見到警察嚇得手機立刻放下。

員警說:「我在那邊停待轉,就看你在用手機,然後騎過來,你還在講。」

還有這位黑衣騎士,在警察眼皮底下,邊騎車邊低頭滑手機,其實無論等紅燈,還是行進間,駕駛看影片、回訊息等行為,只要手持手機被發現,員警就會取締,而不少人會裝手機立架操作,其實同樣可能挨罰。

有民眾說:「蠻困擾的這樣子,我們外送員是因為工作有需要才會用手機架。」

也有民眾表示:「我覺得是可以(開罰),因為安全,安全性可以。」

光是汽機車,手持電話遭到取締,警方統計,108年有3萬7千多件;109年7萬7千多件;110年也有6萬3千多件。員警表示,其實用立架滑手機也有風險,駕駛或騎士因為使用手機分心,疏於注意道路狀況,一樣不安全。雖然道交條例有規定,可以「以其他危險方式駕車」裁罰,執行上卻窒礙難行。

台北市警局交通警察大隊直屬第三分隊中隊長黃宗斌指出:「依照目前現行的處罰的規定,那法條比較著重在以手持的方式去做使用,如果開車的過程中,他是用手機架夾著,那只是單純用手去撥動的話,那這部分我們在取締上會是比較有困難。」

另外,在道路交通安全規則也提及,駕車禁止操作或觀看娛樂性顯示設備,卻僅有宣示性規定,沒有罰則。警方建議明確規範罰則,部分民眾反彈,認為開罰過於嚴苛,是否修法還有討論空間。

 

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