Shanghai police will post photos and videos of jaywalkers in newspapers and on TV in a bid to shame them out of breaking traffic rules, local media reported on Thursday.
Offending pedestrians, moped riders and cyclists would be snapped at selected intersections and their images put in regular columns and on special television programmes set up by police, the Shanghai Daily said.
The scheme had come under fire from lawyers who said public humiliation was too steep a punishment for jaywalking and warned of defamation lawsuits against police.
“It’s a principle of law that a penalty should match the seriousness of the crime,” Liu Chunquan, a local lawyer, told the paper.
What? Are they really going to post pictures of offenders in the papers and on TV and forget about the Internet? Really, they might as well go all the way…
Addendum: The idea of shaming jaywalkers is not all that new in Shanghai. Read this, this and this.