Joint Operation to Crack Down on Violators of Bus Lanes and Drunk Drivers
In a concerted effort to tackle the issue of cars driving in bus lanes on congested highways during the rush of people returning home, law enforcement authorities conducted a joint operation from both the air and the ground. Notably, the police also apprehended drivers who had consumed no alcohol and yet still decided to drive to the cemetery.
On the bustling Yeongdong Expressway, the police’s high-tech ‘Chamsuri’ helicopter, equipped with the capability to identify license plate numbers of moving vehicles, diligently scanned the traffic to identify cars flouting traffic laws. Once a passenger vehicle was identified for driving in the bus lane, immediate communication was established between the aerial unit and the ground units.
“We currently have two sedans and two passenger cars violating the bus lane regulations near Yangji-ri and Yangji Tunnel, heading towards Yongin rest area,” communicated Police Officer Moon Suk-ho from the Highway Patrol Division, 1st District.
The onus was then passed onto the ground officers to bring these violators to justice. Disguised in hidden patrol cars, which only appear as regular vehicles without the characteristic police sirens, the officers on the ground took over the pursuit after the helicopter successfully identified the vehicle in violation.
However, despite repeated warnings to stop, these defiant drivers continued to dangerously maneuver their vehicles with their emergency lights activated. Only when an undercover patrol car skillfully intercepted the culprit did the intense chase finally come to an end.
“The car we pursued had been repeatedly broadcasted with warnings, but it stubbornly persisted in violating the rules, without exiting the bus lane, covering quite a distance,” said Officer Lee Dong-hwan from the Highway Patrol Division, 1st District.
Meanwhile, near the park cemetery, a place where mourners frequently gather, conflicts related to drunk driving reached their peak. A police officer from the Yongin East Police Station stated, “Hello. We are conducting alcohol inspections. Thank you. Have a safe journey.” Within a mere 30 minutes since the operation commenced, an intoxicated driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.057%—equivalent to a suspended license—was apprehended. The driver admitted that he got behind the wheel while still sober from the alcohol consumed the previous day, intending to visit his family.
On the first day of the Chuseok holiday, as many as 32 vehicles were caught recklessly driving in bus lanes on the highway, while eight drivers with suspended licenses were apprehended for driving under the influence on public roads. The police have pledged to maintain their vigilance in cracking down on traffic offenses and drunk driving throughout the holiday period.
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Police carried out a joint operation from heaven and earth to crack down on cars driving in bus lanes on highways that were clogged with people returning home.
In addition, drivers who drove to the grave while sober were also caught by the police.
This is reporter Woo Jong-hoon’s report.
The crowded Yeongdong Expressway.
The police ‘Chamsuri’ helicopter, which can identify the license plate number of a running vehicle, checks for cars violating traffic laws.
Then, a passenger car driving in the bus lane is caught on the monitor, and communication is established immediately between the air and the ground.
[문숙호 / 고속도로순찰대 제1지구대 : 현재 양지, 양지터널에서 용인 휴게소 방향 2대, 승용차 2대 버스전용차로 위반하고 있습니다.]
The hunt now falls to the officers on the ground.
In a hidden patrol car that is difficult to detect as a police car unless the siren is switched on, the helicopter chases the identified car.
However, despite warnings to stop, vehicles breaking the rules continue to drive dangerously with their emergency lights on.
[고속도로순찰대 제1지구대 경찰관 : 우측으로 들어가. 우측으로 들어가.]
The chase ended only after an undercover patrol car intercepted the car.
[이동환 / 고속도로순찰대 제1지구대 : 지금 같은 차량은 바로 저희가 경고 방송 수차례 했는데도 바로 갓길로 나오지 않고 상당한 거리를 지금 위반을 계속했어요.]
The conflict over drinking is at its height near the park cemetery, where many mourners congregate.
[경기 용인동부경찰서 경찰관 : 안녕하세요. 음주단속입니다. 감사합니다. 안녕히 가세요.]
Just 30 minutes after the confrontation began, a drunk driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.057%, which equates to a suspended license, was caught.
He admits that he got behind the wheel to go see his family while still sober from the alcohol he drank the day before.
[음주 적발 운전자 : (몇 시까지 드셨어요?) 어제 집에 들어오니까 11시 전에 들어왔으니까…. (1시?) 아니오. 11시 정도.]
On the morning of the first day of the Chuseok holiday, 32 vehicles were caught driving recklessly against bus lanes on the highway, and 8 drivers with suspended licenses were caught driving under the influence on public roads.
Police plan to continue to crack down on traffic offenses and drink driving throughout the holidays.
This is YTN’s Woo Jong-hoon.
Photographer: No Kyung-hwan
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