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Police on their toes to ensure safe trip

    Shanghai railway police have stepped up security measures to ensure a safe ride for the Spring Festival travelers.

    At Shanghai Railway Station and Hongqiao Railway Station, police have discovered 2,763 and 5,559 pieces of banned objects like daggers, paint, gas and lighters from passengers since February 1.

    Security personnel especially look out for dangerous liquids such as alcohol and gas as well as fireworks. Passengers taking suspicious liquid are asked to drink some of it.

    Police at the Shanghai Railway Station said they will add more security checking gates and additional staff if the crowd becomes to big to handle.

    Table knives, over 20ml of nail polish or hair dye or over 120ml of hair gel, pesticide or air freshener in pressure vessels are not allowed on trains. TwoÊnormal lighters are however okay.Ê

    Meanwhile, the Shanghai traffic police said it had punished over 5,600 traffic offenders near HongqiaoÊairport and railway station in the past two weeks.

    Over 1,100 drivers were found to haveÊillegally parked at the departure level of both the airport and the station.

    Around the Hongqiao traffic hub and on elevated roads and highways, police found over 1,700 cases of illegal parking, 580 cases of illegal lane changing and about 2,300 offenses by bikers and pedestrians Ñ relatively high numbers.