Shenzhen forces errant drivers to see the light

Shenzhen motorists who dazzle other road users with full-beam headlights are being forced to stare into the lights as punishment.
Shenzhen motorists who dazzle other road users with full-beam headlights are being forced to stare into the lights as punishment.PHOTO: SINA WEIBO

BEIJING • Motorists in China who drive with their headlights on full beam are getting a taste of their own medicine, Reuters reported.

In a trial started by police in the southern city of Shenzhen, offenders are fined 300 yuan (S$61) and then encouraged to sit in a chair or crouch down and stare into a full beam headlight for one minute.

Nearly 1,000 offenders were caught at 100 checkpoints across the city from 8pm to 10pm on Tuesday, the first day of the crackdown, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

"Now you can experience for yourself just how harmful the full beam headlights are and how much light pollution they cause," a police officer told one offender.

The driver later told reporters: "My eyes were dazzled. I will never come to Shenzhen again."

The move is the latest in a series of unorthodox initiatives by the city's traffic police who last year made jaywalkers don green hats and supervise traffic.

The Shenzhen Traffic Police posted photos of the campaign on their official Weibo account, with offenders seen facing a car with its headlights on, the BBC reported.

The move has become one of the most highly discussed topics on Chinese social media.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 05, 2016, with the headline 'Shenzhen forces errant drivers to see the light'. Print Edition | Subscribe