Total of 200 traffic light systems damaged by protesters, 5 arrested for damaging traffic lights in Tsuen Wan

7th August 2019 – (Hong Kong) Protesters not only barricaded roads but they also destroyed traffic lights and public amenities from 3rd to 5th August. As at yesterday, 200 traffic light systems at various junctions have been damaged by protesters. After carrying out emergency repair yesterday morning, there were still over 70 traffic light systems which were not working. As at 2018, there were a total of 1,913 traffic light systems in Hong Kong, Transport Department stated that they should complete all repair works within 1-2 days.

The traffic was chaotic on several roads in Hennessy Road, Causeway Way, Nathan Road and Castle Peak Road due to the breakdown of the traffic light system.

Transport Department announced this morning that as some of the traffic lights at Hong Kong, Kowloon, and the New Territories were under repair and were not functioning normally, motorists were advised to drive with utmost care when passing through those junctions, pay extra attention to the traffic signs, particularly the safety of pedestrians. Pedestrians were advised to use footbridges and pedestrian subways for crossing the roads.

Apart from traffic lights, many bricks and handrails were removed in more than 10 districts, traffic islands were damaged while public amenities were vandalised.

Meanwhile, 4 men and 1 woman were arrested for damaging the traffic lights at the junction between Luen Yan Road and Yeung Uk Road in Tsuen Wan and also the junction at Tai Ho Road and Sha Tsui Road. Two of them were charged additionally for failing to produce identity documents. The five of them were caught spraying the traffic lights black on 5th August.