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Korean traffic patterns

Posted: 31 July 2016 - 06:53 PM
South Korea has one of the higher number of fatalities caused by accidents between pedestrians and vehicles, at 5.2 deaths per 100,000 people. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development average is 1.57. The OECD report suggested lowering the speed limit from the current 60 kilometers per hour to around 50 kilometers per hour, which is the average among advanced countries.

Be alerted and take care.
Posted: 04 August 2016 - 07:42 PM
An accident caused by a driver with a neurological disorder killed four and injured a dozen pedestrians in Busan on Sunday, raising concerns over whether the process of getting a driver's license is too easy.

Police said Monday that the 53-year-old driver had renewed his driver's license in July, without notifying authorities that he was suffering from epilepsy. Authorities said there were no legal methods to discover the driver's condition in advance.

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Baek J.
Posted: 08 August 2016 - 04:16 AM
It is relatively easy to obtain a driver's license in Korea and this has led to various problems over the past five years, such as traffic accidents, raising the need to toughen the driving test requirements.

In July 2011, the government eased driver's license rules to allow individuals to save time and money.

The number of hours for mandatory driving lessons was reduced to 13 hours from 60 hours. Evaluation criteria was also reduced to six items from the original 13. A license can be obtained by passing three tests: written, driving course and driving on the roads.

The driving course at test locations was made easier, allowing a large portion of applicants to pass the three tests within a day or several days.

Earlier this year, the National Police Agency said that it would revise the rules for driver's license exams as early as in the second half of 2016.
Posted: 18 August 2016 - 04:25 PM
Stronger license regulation planned for senior drivers. The police move to require senior drivers aged 75 and above to renew their licenses every three years is spawning a dispute with senior citizens, who claim that this is discriminatory.

Current regulations require drivers aged 65 and above to renew their licenses every five years.

In a public hearing Wednesday, the National Police Agency said it would seek to revise related regulations to require elderly drivers to take tests to renew their licenses more frequently, which will also include eyesight and hearing tests. It also seeks to require elderly drivers to take a mandatory class on traffic safety.

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Baek J.
Posted: 25 August 2016 - 03:25 AM
South Korean driver's licenses valid in Hawaii.
South Korea and Hawaii have signed a pact to recognize the validity of noncommercial driver's licenses issued by each other, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

Under the agreement, which went into force Wednesday in the U.S. state after being signed, holders of driver's licenses issued by their own authorities are eligible for a driving permit in the counterpart region without additional training or tests, ministry officials said.

Hawaii, home to 4,631 South Koreans as of December 2014, became the 18th U.S. state to have clinched a similar agreement with South Korea.

South Korea also has signed such agreements with 22 countries, including Latvia and Belgium.

"We will continue efforts to have other U.S. states and countries with an increasing presence of Korean nationals recognize the validity of Korea-issued driver's licenses," the ministry said in a statement.
Posted: 08 September 2016 - 08:11 AM
Big increase in foreigner car accidents.
There has been a fourfold increase in the number of foreigners involved in car accidents in Korea over the past three years, according to a police report. The number has increased from 333 in 2012 to 1,411 in 2015, the report said. Foreigners driving without a license increased from 279 in 2012 to 487 in 2015.

Foreigner license suspensions also have increased. About 1,600 licenses were revoked in 2013 due to drunk driving, blood-alcohol test refusal or hit-runs. This rose to 2,235 last year and is expected to be higher this year, with more than 1,600 licenses revoked up to August.

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