TAIPEI, Taiwan - As a result of the fair weather observed during the Chinese New Year holiday yesterday, traffic around the nation saw an unexpected spike, which sparked the police to activate traffic control protocols to manage the surge in traffic.
According to the lunar calendar, yesterday marked the third day of the new Chinese Year of the Goat. Traditionally, after visiting the maternal family household on the second day, people tend to rest and sleep in on the third day.
However, in response to the unexpectedly fair winter weather, an obvious yet unexpected surge in traffic occurred all over Taiwan as families took the rare opportunity for trips to various popular destinations.
Reportedly, traffic congestion was most severe on southbound freeways, with the New Taipei City Transportation Department stating that the heaviest jam in the city occurred on the Zhonghe and Tucheng ramps of National Freeway No. 3. The traffic jams in these areas have also affected regular traffic flow in the districts.
National Freeway No. 5 was also congested, affecting connected roads in Nangang. Various roads to scenic mountain areas like Jiufen and other riverside destinations like Tamsui were also heavily backed up.
Traffic Control Continues Today in Pingxi
In related news, in response to the opening of the popular Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival today, traffic control will continue in the New Taipei district.
The New Taipei City Police Department's Traffic Police Corps stated that they have predicted and planned for a heavy tourist flow to flood into Pingxi and its surrounding mountain scenic areas as a result of the Chinese New Year holiday.
The Corps also stated that it has already collaborated with the city's Department of Tourism and Department of Traffic to come up with an effective plan to respond to the upcoming jam.
New Taipei City Police Department head Chen Kuo-en was quoted as saying that the implemented traffic regulations are not to prevent people from attending the events, but rather to ensure a quality experience for all tourists during the holiday.