Translated by Cara Steenstra
News released by Government Information Office
Release Date: 2006-03-27
Youth street racing, once thought to have been eradicated in Taichung City, seems to have come back to life again recently. At the 120th Manager’s Meeting on March 27, Mayor Jason Hu instructed the Police Bureau to work closely with the Transportation Bureau and Taichung County officials to prevent and curb these illegal activities.
During the meeting, Mayor Hu pointed out that illegal street racing was once completely eradicated from Taichung, however, there have been signs that such activities have been happening again, causing many accidents, as well as citizens complaining about being disturbed. On the night of March 26th, 27 cars were seen speeding through Taichung Harbor Road, past Zi You Road and Bei Tun Road. However, the Taichung County Police successfully stopped them in Feng Yuan. Mayor Hu pointed out that these illegal racers gathered on Taichung Harbor Road as a blatant show of disregard of the Taichung City Police. Mayor Hu has consulted experts in America regarding this problem, and he introduced a new technology to the police for reference. The Transportation Bureau has set up surveillance cameras at important road sections. Illegal street racers often dash out from the city center to nearby areas, and the Police Bureau has also been working in close connection with Taichung County officials to curb such activities.
The Police Bureau expressed that eradicating illegal street racing is one of the focus of their work. There are additional surveillance efforts every Thursday and Friday, with different areas working in close connection, and also from collecting relevant information from the internet. As for the incident of street racers gathering on Taichung Harbor Road and racing along Zi You Road and Bei Tun Road, investigations will be carried out. Lastly, Mayor Hu expressed that the most important things are results of these efforts and not just making cosmetic cover-ups on paper.