In the latest effort in its wishy-washy campaign against jaywalkers, the Shanghai government has taken to forcing transgressors to stand atop a public podium and read a newspaper out loud to passersby.
New traffic regulations concerning jaywalkers and cyclists came into effect on June 1, as evidenced by the fact that now, almost two months later, there are no jaywalkers whatsoever.
According to Want China Times, traffic police have booked over 20,000 jaywalkers and 71,500 operators of non-motorised vehicles since the law came into effect.
No word yet on whether laowai jaywalkers will have to struggle to read a Chinese newspaper (which, despite the repeated assurances of just about every textbook, knowing 1,500 characters isn’t enough to make such thing possible) or if they’ll be given an English-language propaganda rag to recite out loud.
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