China temporarily lifts yellow light rule

Jan. 6, 2013 at 12:44 PM

BEIJING, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Officials in China announced that drivers who ignore yellow traffic lights will, for the time being, not be penalized, despite harsh rules imposed Jan. 1.

The Ministry of Public Security announced that violators will instead receive warnings and education, instead of the penalties and fines imposed by newly revised traffic rules that took effect Jan. 1.

The rule stated vehicles must come to a complete stop at yellow lights unless part of the vehicle has already crossed the line.

Xinhua said yellow lights in China flash for just a few seconds before turning red.

Xinhua said drivers have complained repeatedly about those traffic rules, arguing the rule runs contrary to laws of physics, as drivers can't safely bring their cars to a full stop within seconds.

The ministry said that, for the most part, the rules have been effective, but pledged to study the public's suggestion on yellow lights.

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