Yoo Min Sik, Jeju branch manager of the Korea Transportation Safety Authority (TSA), said, “more than 7 million people visited Jeju last year thanks to the World Natural Heritage and Geopark designation accompanied by the popularity of the Olle Trails, marking the wake of an international tourism city.”
“Nonetheless, the truth is that Jeju has yet to cultivate safe driving habits necessary to complement the honor of being an international tourism city.”
Yoo continued that, “according to a standardized traffic awareness test administered by Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the TSA, Jeju scored an average of 73.20, ranking itself 24th among 25 cities with populations over 300,000. Seogwipo scored 73.88 to place 30th out of 50 cities with populations less than 300,000. These are not great marks on our transcript.”
“This shows that Jeju residents need to redeem themselves on their traffic safety awareness to meet the global standard.”
“The Jeju provincial government is planning to cut down traffic accident casualties to less than 51 per year by 2012. The TSA is also contributing by campaigning ‘fastened belts on all seats’ and education campaign to prevent traffic accidents caused by rental automobiles,” Yoo said.
(By Kim Ji Seok, Jeju Ilbo. Translation by Chris J. Park)
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