Apparently authorities are as terrified of Shanghai drivers as we are. The city has installed 60 surveillance cameras on Youyi Road in the Baoshan district which would seem excessive even for the street leading up to the Zhongnanhai and citizens seem to agree:
The apparently excessive surveillance cameras that were densely crowded on one overhead bar have confused many drivers and shortly after one curious driver took a group of pictures of them and posted online, the pictures have drawn major media coverage.
Locals told reporters that in April, the poles only had 24 cameras attached, in the last few months authorities added an extra 36.
Many online users questioned the need for so many devices in one place. They expressed concern that it was a waste of public money. And some suspected the traffic police installed so many surveillance cameras as a convenient way to profit from fining drivers.
Of course no ridiculous city measure would be complete without NetEase criticisms:
A NetEase user from Beijing: From every angle, no blind side, it is capable of distinguish male from female mosquito!
NetEase user 牛逼哦音乐网: It is the traffic police’s secret to make fortune (by imposing fine on drivers)!!!
NetEase user 游侠MrQ: There are not so many surveillance cameras. Actually many of them are lamp. But even it is so, the number of surveillance cameras is still astonishingly redundant.
NetEase user 萍水城相逢: Public money has been wasted in this way!