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Police offer eye protection to motorists they punish by blinding

Han Jing

Traffic police from Shenzhen city, in south China’s Guangdong Province, who blind motorists as an extra punishment for driving with a full-beam light at night, have decided to show some compassion by providing offenders with eye protectors.

Based on the city’s traffic rules, drivers are fined 300 yuan (US$44) if they leave headlights on full-beam on good lighting or elevated roads, bridges and tunnels. It is also an offence to drive with a full-beam light when drivers are intersecting with people or when cars are coming from the opposite direction. Furthermore, motorists using a full beam when parking are also punished with a one-point deduction from their driving license.

Traffic police believe motorists turning on full-beam headlights on a night time triggers accidents as drivers in the oncoming traffic lanes are blinded. This is why Shenzhen City traffic police introduced a further measure to encourage drivers to abide by the law. If motorists are found to flout the full-beam traffic legislation then they are made to sit in front of a full-beam light with headlights blasting into their faces as a further punishment.

This initiative was introduced last year and it was greeted with a mixed reaction on social media. Half of netizens believed the punishment was justified while some others doubted a full-beam would hurt a driver’s eyesight.

Shenzhen traffic police, sympathetic to their extra Draconian punishment, declared in a July 4 Weibo post that sunglasses will now be available for traffic offenders who have to  sit in front of the full beam, which amused many on social media.


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