In just a single night, almost 1,000 Chinese drivers who were improperly using their high beams in the city during the evening were made to truly see the error of their ways.
After catching motorists driving with their brights on illegally, Wenzhou police gave the drivers a simple choice: pay a fine or stare straight into a car’s blinding headlights for a lesson their corneas would not forget.
Surprisingly, out of 1,820 drivers that police pulled over Tuesday night, 950 of them chose to save the 50 yuan and put their eyes on the line, People’s Daily reports, though it’s not clear how long the offenders were made to blind themselves for.
This unusual punishment was last administered by Shenzhen police in November when it was met with near unanimous approval from netizens who had apparently been blinded one too many times on the road.
Drivers abusing their high beam lights at night is a serious problem in China. To fight back, some motorists have resorted to installing spooky decals on the back of their cars to give high-beam users a fright.
Which doesn’t exactly make us feel any safer.
[Images via People’s Daily]
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