Recently, a series of plastic signs depicting the rear of police vehicles have been spotted on the Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau highway near the Henan capital of Zhengzhou. The signs include LED displays that read messages like “Currently measuring speed” and “Don’t speed” to fool gullible drivers into slowing their roll, and are also fitted with simulated red and blue police lights.
Ten of the signs have been introduced in Henan, and they’re mostly placed near road construction areas and dangerous highway sections. Effectiveness is reportedly higher during the evening, when the mirage-like signs serve as warnings to long-haul truck drivers and other nighttimes motorists. The signs are solar-powered to ensure constant highway vigilance.
We’ve never quite understood the relative lack of traffic police and traffic law enforcement entities in China, considering the number of vehicles on the road and the fine moneymaking opportunities provided by ticket-writing. Thank goodness things are finally being taken seriously!