Jeju drivers who violate the speed limit or traffic signals in school zones are paying dearly for it.
As the traffic laws were amended, fines and penalty points were doubled, much to the surprise of drivers. Fines now run up to 130,000 won and 60 penalty points.
According to police, those who broke traffic laws in school zones were taken aback not only because they had to pay over 100,000 won for a ticket, but also they were punished with penalty points that threaten their driver’s licenses.
“In worst case, one has to pay the fines that are equivalent to one or two times his or her daily wage and receive a license suspension. Hence, violators often complain that the penalty is excessive,” a police officer said. “Adults are responsible for the safety of children on their way to and from school.”
The speed limit in school zones is 30 km/h, and parking is forbidden between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
A 120,000 won fine is imposed when a driver violates the traffic signals or other instructions, and 80,000 won is imposed when a driver ignores the restricted area or parking rules.
Regarding speed violations, 60,000 won is imposed for driving less than 20 km/h over the speed limit, 90,000 won is imposed for between 20 km/h and 40 km/h over the speed limit, and 120,000 won is imposed for driving 40 km/h or more over the speed limit. The fines are more substantial for full-size vans: 100,000 won for between 20 km/h and 40 km/h over the limit and 130,000 won for more than 40 km/h over the limit.
With regard to penalty points, 60 points are removed for a speed violation of more than 40 km/h, and 30 points are imposed for a signal violation and a speed violation at 20~40km/h over the limit.
(Translation by Koh Yu Kyung)
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