比利時情侶遭砂石車逼車 警竟回這四字遭網友怒罵 | Police under fire for clumsy response to safety issue

(Screengrab from Naick and Kim's YouTube)

【看CP學英文】來自比利時的網紅Naick and Kim近日在YouTube頻道分享他們到太魯閣和日月潭的旅行,然而開車前往途中卻遇到兩輛砂石車緊逼車,讓他們憤怒不已,沒想到當地警方得知此事,卻回稱此現象為「台灣民情」,遭網友怒罵。

YouTubers Naick and Kim from Belgium recently uploaded a video on their YouTube channel documenting their trip to the Taroko Gorge and Sun Moon Lake.

On their way to their destinations, they encountered two huge trucks that tailgated their car and expressed anger at the danger of such reckless driving. Upon learning of the situation, however, local authorities responded that it was merely a display of “Taiwan customs,” angering netizens. 

影片中,Naick 表示「我們在這裡照著速限60公里開,第一輛車越開越近,都快貼上保險桿了,開始對我按喇叭。我都已經開在右線道(慢車道)上了,後來他想超車越道,切到左線道,緊貼前方的車尾,切出來時還差點把我擠出去!」

Naick said: “We’re doing 60 here on the road, so I’m just keeping the speed limit. First, this truck came up behind me and was like this far from my bumper, and was super close.”

She added: “[It] started honking at me, I’m just driving in the right lane, and he tried to overtake me. And then there was another car in front, and he was tailgating him as well, and then he nearly drove me off the road!”

Naick憤怒地說:「這樣開車真的超級危險,如果我不知道為了什麼需要突然煞車,他這樣緊跟我直接壓過來,我們絕對死定了!」

Naick added: “Reckless, super dangerous driving; If I had to brake for I don’t know what, we would have been dead!”

對此集集分局於18日晚間於臉書上表示無論本國人或外國人,真的是警察的眼睛,並強調「 針對影片中違規逼車的行為經查證確認無誤後,將依規定舉發,以展現警察執法的決心。 」

To this, the Jiji Branch of Nantou County Police posted on their Facebook on July 18 stating that whether it be foreigners or locals, everyone can be the police’s eyes and ears, and emphasized that after confirming that the trucks in the video are indeed violating traffic laws, the police will not hesitate to prosecute the truck drivers to show their determination [in executing the law].

然而,當地警局發文不久後,據報導集集副分局長陳志文卻表示:「 我看影片是覺得還好啦,可能外國人覺得砂石車的民情不一樣 。」陳志文被爆指稱認為砂石車只是為了想超車才貼的比較近一些,非刻意逼車危險駕駛。

However, after the post was published, local Chinese-language media reported that after seeing the video, the deputy commissioner of Jiji Branch, Chen Chih-wen (陳志文) commented that he didn’t see anything wrong.

He concluded that it could be that foreigners are not familiar with such “Taiwanese customs”. In addition, reports also said Chen claimed that the trucks were merely trying to bypass the car, which is why it was a bit closer to them.

Naick and Kim expressed anger at being tailgated. (Screengrab from YouTube)

此句話立馬招來網友大力抨擊,許多人紛紛到臉書下留言「台灣最美的風景是逼車?」「逼車原來是在地文化啊」「以後去南投會按照當地民情開車…感謝長官指導。」

The response garnered scorn from netizens with many replying underneath the Nantou County Police, Jiji Branch Facebook page, “Taiwan’s best scenery is tailgating other cars?” “I didn’t know tailgating was a local culture.” and “we’ll be sure to drive according to the ‘local customs’ when in Nantou…thanks for the guidance, sir.” 

對此,在另一個又已刪除的貼文中,集集分局回應「針對砂石車或是任何車輛,有超速及惡意逼車違規行為,一律加強取締告發,絕對無差別待遇。」

To this, in another since-deleted post, the Jiji Police Branch responded that “no matter the car, if they exceed the speed limit or tailgate other cars, we will do all we can to prosecute them, without discrimination.” 

(Screengrab from Facebook/南投縣政府警察局集集分局)