Hoping to restore a bit of order to at least one intersection in Wuhan, local authorities have installed six safety gates on the sidewalk in a desperate attempt at keeping pedestrians from jaywalking.
The gates, which look like those you would see inside a subway station, open and close automatically as the color of the traffic lights change. Meanwhile, cameras are also in place to capture those individuals who ignore the gates and cross at their own leisure with their images being shown on a large screen at the intersection for all pedestrians to see.
Any estimates on how long these things stay up?
In the past, local governments have experimented with different, often innovative, ways of cracking down on the dangerous street crossing that has become so habitual in China. In 2015, jaywalkers in Shenzhen were made to “wear the green hat.”
While in 2013, Shanghai authorities tried to embarrass jaywalkers by making them stand up on a podium and read a newspaper out loud to pedestrians. However, a Qingdao traffic assistant happened upon perhaps the most effective way of curbing the practice in 2015 when she angrily attacked one jaywalker with a hammer.
[Images via CGTN]
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