Blinded by the lights

Sunrise has been around 7:50 of late, meaning I get to drive to the shop in the dark. (This changes — briefly — starting next week.) I’d guesstimate that at least 10 percent of oncoming drivers have no idea how to work the dimmer switch.

The Chinese, you may be sure, would not put up with this sort of thing:

Police in southern China are punishing drivers who dazzle other road users with full-beam headlights by making them stare into the lights for a minute, it’s reported.

Shenzhen Traffic Police posted photos of the campaign in action on their official Weibo account. “Tonight we are carrying out punishments using a high beam,” the post reads. It’s racked up 87,000 likes and been shared 93,000 times. The photos show people sitting directly in front of a car with its headlights on.

Official media say drivers are fined 300 yuan ($44; £36) and made to spend 60 seconds in front of the beam. But some news websites have suggested that the headlight element is optional, although it’s unclear why people would choose it on top of paying a fine.

This is not the only nonstandard punishment employed by Shenzhen:

Last year, they made jaywalkers choose between paying a fine or wearing a green hat and vest while directing traffic.

(Via Fark.)


  1. Lorna »

    5 November 2016 · 4:48 pm

    Wow, that’s crazy staring at the light for a minute! We get in trouble though for having full beam lines, it’s frowned upon.

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  2. fillyjonk »

    5 November 2016 · 4:48 pm

    I don’t swear often, but I have sworn at people who can’t figure out how to turn down their high-beams. (And I drive to work at 7. You cannot believe how glad I am Central Time is back)

  3. ETat »

    5 November 2016 · 5:33 pm

    Optional for cops to use against perpetrators, not for perpetrators choosing their punishment

  4. jsallison »

    5 November 2016 · 9:57 pm

    Death to Fog Lights!!! They’re worthless in fog, and greatly annoying at all times. Especially the ones in my rear window from tailgating, lifted bro-dozers.

  5. CGHill »

    5 November 2016 · 10:17 pm

    I can barely tell when mine are on, which explains much about why they usually aren’t.

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