Most drivers will know just how annoying, not to mention dangerous, it canbe when a motorist driving in the opposite direction blinds them by leavingtheir full-beam headlights on. But now police in China appear to have developed anovel punishment for anyone caught with their lights on full-beam at night -forcing them to sit and stare into the headlights themselves.
Trafficpolice in the city of Shenzhen, in south east China's Guangdongprovince, introduced the rule following a number of accidents blamed onmotorists blinding drivers of oncoming traffic by using their lights onfull-beam. Any motorist who now refuses to undergo the punishment faces a fine,having their car impounded and even runs the risk of losing their licence.
A local traffic police department spokesman said the initiative hadreceived some criticism but overall it had been widely appreciated.The spokesman said: 'We have had a few critics but overall the vastmajority of people have approved the initiative.
'Anybody caught with full beam is asked to pay asmall fine (￡30) and has to stare at the headlights themselves to see what itis like.'
Anumber of people who have undergone the punishment however complained that theordeal had lasted five minutes, when interviewed by local media.Police have denied the punishment lasted this long, claiming it was morelikely to last for just seconds and only occasionally up to a minute but neverlonger.The police spokesman said: 'A short time is enough to give people an ideaof what the other driver is seeing and to be more considerate in thefuture.'We don't want to punish them by causing pain or damaging their eyes.'
What an excellent idea.
What a world away from our own police, who seemto turn a blind eye to almost eveything nowadays because they simply can't bebothered anymore.
Genius! Please enforce this in the UK ;)
This should happen here for those idiots thathave their foglights permanently switched on every time they get into their careven when it's perfectly clear. Perhaps their eyesight needs testing as well?
Whoever came up with this is a genius! Love it& hope it makes a difference. This is one reason I really hate driving atnight.
Should do it over here with the idiots who drivewith fog lights on when it's not foggy.
We should do the same with these clowns drivingaround with FOG lights on
Can we PLEASE bring this to Britain?!
wish they would do it in Korea, fullbeam and fog lights 12-00 noon. cops as normal do nothing.
What a fabulous idea. Hopefully Kent Police willadopt it for the Isle of Sheppey . . . . . . I forgot, there are no police onSheppey . . . only dipsticks sent over from Maidstoneto drive around occasionally