Chinese officials have deemed it appropriate to punish drivers who are misusing their headlights by forcing them to stare at high beams for five minutes straight. The offenders must sit on a small plastic stool in direct alignment with the headlights while staring into the front of a police car with the high beams turned on.
According to China’s state account on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, cops in Shenzhen have instituted the policy that forces wrongful drivers to stare at brights for five minutes. The post said the punishment was an “appropriate experience” that makes offending drivers “sense the harm” their headlights could cause to people’s vision. Violators of the high-beam law also must hear a lecture from police officers on how to use their headlights in a proper manner and pay a fine of 300 yuan, or $49 US.
Chinese social media reacted quite negatively to the new traffic law. One Reddit user said, “I live in Shanghai. Of all the absolutely mind-bogglingly inconsiderate **** drivers do on the road here, driving with your high beams on is low on the list.”