Now, you too can help fight one of our city’s gravest ills:
Pollution Traffic Corruption Jaywalking! Finally, put your camera phone to good use!
Shanghai police have summoned citizens to photograph anyone they see jaywalking, so the police can use the photos to warn or ticket jaywalkers by sending photos to their companies, the city’s media reported.
Zhu Weiming, a vice director of the city’s public security bureau, said that the police will implement stricter measures to keep the traffic in order, especially on its main roads during and after the May Day holiday.
But wait … there’s more! (And this is actually pretty damn good news if they enforce it.)
Zhu said that the police will improve traffic lights on main roads by the end of this year. For example, they will install more “right-turn” signal lights to make sure the vehicles turning right won’t clash with pedestrians who are crossing the street. In China, vehicles turning-right generally don’t need to wait for green lights.
Here’s another idea: left turn signal lights. Traffic would flow soooooooo much better … and it would become less dangerous to jaywalk.
Meanwhile, Beijing is ramping up its etiquette efforts, as well. Here’s a tasty morsel from a recent story:
Volunteers wearing uniforms emblazoned with the Chinese character for “mucus” will hand out millions of “spit bags” to encourage “civilized spitting,” said Zhang Huiguang, director of Beijing’s Capital Ethical and Cultural Development Office.
Guess the SARS inspired “don’t spit everywhere” campaign of 2003 was unsuccessful. Nothing about people carrying around bags full of gooey spit sounds civilized to us. And the sound would still remain — the awful, hocking, hacking, turning-the-key-when-the-car-is-already-running sound — and that is what really gets to us anyway. (We do hear it less and less nowadays though — although that very well could be because we live very close to Plaza 66 and the Ritz-Carlton … not exactly the roughest part of town.)
Also on Shanghaiist:
All you need to know about jaywalking in Shanghai
Shanghai jaywalker sent to jail