Drivers in China turn to scary decals to deter motorists from using high beam headlights

Some drivers in China are turning to scary car decals to deter other motorists from using high beam headlights.
Some drivers in China are turning to scary car decals to deter other motorists from using high beam headlights. PHOTO: SCREENSHOT FROM TAOBAO

Fed up with having high beam headlights shone at them on the roads, some drivers in China are turning to scary ghost decals to shock those who use the powerful headlights.

These decals were recently noticed by traffic police in Jinan, eastern Shandong province, with some cars with pictures of pale-skinned ghosts with red tongues, reported the South China Morning Post on Monday (Nov 14).

The decals are being sold on Chinese e-commerce site Taobao from prices as low as 16 yuan (S$3). They include pictures of wolves and ghosts with bloody hands.

According to the sellers, the decals are hardly visible in the dark. They appear only when motorists turn on their high beam headlights at the vehicle in front of them.

The aim? To give these drivers a nasty shock and deter them from using high beam headlights again.

However, drivers who use these light-reflecting decals in Jinan could be fined 100 yuan for posing a risk to road safety, according to Xinhua news agency.

If the decals cause road accidents, drivers could also face tougher punishments, added Xinhua.

 

Chinese media have previously reported on several accidents where drivers were momentarily unsighted by high beams, leading to deaths.

Earlier in November, police in Shenzhen announced an unusual punishment for drivers who turn on their high beam headlights - staring into the blinding headlights for 60 seconds, and a fine of 300 yuan (S$61).

The usual practice for Chinese police is to dock points on drivers' licences or fine them up to several hundred yuan for the misuse of headlights.