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Yellow light rule irks Chinese drivers

BEIJING — Drivers in China are seeing red over a new crackdown on running through intersections when the lights are yellow.

While announcing new rules that double the penalty for traffic light violations, officials also have stressed that running a yellow light will now be considered equivalent to running a red one.

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Drivers are confused, wondering how they can stop suddenly for a yellow light.

The official Xinhua News Agency joined the criticism, saying the rules are ‘‘unreasonable and contrary to” Isaac Newton’s first law of physics, which speaks to the difficulty of halting the momentum of something in motion.

Road accidents in China are frequent, due in part to bad driving habits and poorly maintained vehicles.

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