Nothing like a little public shaming to instill discipline. That appears to be the sentiment in one Hebei city, at least, where pedestrians who fail to abide by traffic rules will risk having their picture displayed publicly on a screen.
The city of Shijiazhuang installed video cameras at crossroads to keep an eye on jaywalkin’ pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles running red lights. Those who cross the street when the light is red will be caught on film, and snapshots will be shown on television screens put up near the traffic lights.
Apparently, the humiliation of it all just isn’t worth getting across the road four seconds faster. Traffic police say that the number of jaywalkers decreased within a week after the cameras were installed.
Shijiazhuang isn’t the first Chinese city to implement the shaming policy. In Changsha, Hunan province, people caught jaywalking can only bypass paying a fine if they stand at a busy intersection for 20 minutes while holding a traffic safety sign. Last year, Shanghai traffic police began forcing jaywalkers to stand on top of a public podium and read a newspaper out loud to passersby (a punishment which has seemingly faded out).