Have you ever been driving down a dark road late at night and someone comes over a hill or around a corner towards you with their high-beams glaring at you? You might flash your high -beam lights back at them and hope they figure it out before they pass, otherwise you are blind and hopefully still headed the right way down the road. We all wish for a little karma to pay them back for that and apparently they will get it if they get caught doing this in Shenzhen, China as their traffic police have a very special punishment for you.
Official media say drivers are fined about $44 and made to spend 60 seconds in front of the high-beam. 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. The photos show people sitting directly in front of a car with its headlights on. This is not the first time they have taken unusual steps. Last year they made jaywalkers choose between paying a fine or wearing a green hat and vest while directing traffic.
Could we ever get a system like this in place here in the United States? I think this would be a great way to teach people some driving etiquette and there are definitely a few other items I think we could add to this. How about making people caught driving slow and hogging the left lane have to follow a tractor on a back road for a minimum of 10 miles or ride with a semi-driver for a day to see all the stuff they have to put up with on the road. I am sure someone can come up with a better option if need be, but you get the point.