By Erik Crouch
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To the uninitiated, it may seem like Zhejiang should have bigger legal priorities. Maybe something involving the province’s massive underground pork trade which was responsible for dumping over 16,000 dead pigs in Shanghai’s drinking water. Don’t be foolish! The province’s biggest public menace is, without a doubt, jaywalking. Since passing draconian fines in March, police have caught more than 8,000 of those nihilistic road-crossing bastards.
Many residents believe that the new laws are just an attempt by local governments to raise more revenue, and they haven’t been quick to give up their anarchic crossing ways, according to the South China Morning Post:
Local media reported that several jaywalkers were detained after refusing to pay the fines, flying into a rage and beating policemen.
Mainland internet users have coined the term “Chinese-style jaywalking” to refer to the throngs of people who regularly cross against red lights, making it difficult for police to catch and fine all of them. But the police have worked out a countermeasure – catching the first three jaywalkers in a throng, believing that deterring the vanguard will ensure they have no followers. […]
Deter the vanguard! Soon these wild law-flaunters will be scared into submission, and maybe then the police can crack down on other, less significant problems in Zhejiang. Minor stuff, like corrupt pollution cover-ups, needle stabbings, and the aforementioned hog wash.