It goes without saying that observation of traffic safety laws in China could do with a lot of improvement. While we personally wouldn’t have chosen this TV show’s particular tactic to get people to pay attention to traffic rules, something has to be said for the impact it surely makes on viewers.
“Traffic Light” is a BTV program that airs during the morning and evening rush hours. Hosted by police officers it “replays some of the most grisly accidents as a way to educate the thousands of new drivers that hit the capital’s roads each day.”
Following the host’s introduction, a large truck is shown crushing a Beijing cyclist — flattening the rider with its front tyre and crushing his head with its rear tyres. The horrific accidents are shown repeatedly — and in slow motion — as a Beijing traffic policeman explains the mistakes made and the rules violated.
Police say that near 70,000 people died in more than 265,000 car fatalities in 2009 (Just to help you visualize that a little better, that’s an average of 190 lives a day) and the real statistic could be more – the World Health Organization’s estimate is nearly double that.
You can see excerpts of the show on on Youku, but be warned, these links are not for the queasy.