The following is a translated summary of a report from the local press. It has been edited for clarity, including the addition of links and information needed for readers unfamiliar with Jeju. — Ed.
The latest Traffic Culture Index, a study conducted by the Korea Transportation Safety Authority, has shown that Jeju ranked last for the second year in a row from a list of 16 cities and provinces surveyed. Moreover, the index determined that in the last three years Jeju had the worst driver behavior in the country. In response, officials from the Jeju Provincial Police Agency said they will take steps to improve traffic safety. This will include stepping up the monitoring of road traffic in March, as well as conducting education campaigns which will encourage voluntary participation from islanders.
The main targets of police monitoring will be: drunk driving, speeding, traffic signal violations, driving over the centerline, failure to wear a seatbelt (if a motorist) or a helmet (if a motorcyclist), two wheeled vehicles driving on sidewalks, as well as poor maintenance of commercial vehicles. A police official said that since nearly 10 million visitors come to Jeju each year, it is time for islanders to realize there are significant problems with traffic safety and they need to take the initiative to solve them. — Headline Jeju