Frontier town Shenzhen has long aspired to being at the leading edge of all things auto. The sprawling, made-from-scratch city just north of Hong Kong is home to the Warren Buffet-backed car company BYD, a pioneer of electric mobility, and electric taxis and buses plying the streets are a common sight.
Now the city’s traffic police is introducing visionary new ways to curb bad driving habits among citizens, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Drivers caught using high beams inappropriately will now be offered on-the-spot training about the dangers of such practices, according to a posting on the Shenzhen Traffic Police’s verified account with Weibo.
Specifically, headlight-happy drivers will be forced to stare straight ahead into the glaring headlights of a police van for a period of several minutes.
“You still dare to use your headlights carelessly?” the Traffic Police posting asks. “If so, then starting from now we’ll make you stare at our high beams for five minutes.”
The threat is diluted somewhat by an emoticon of a giant laughing face.
But not all netizens are amused.
“Traffic police should follow the law. Please tell me what law or regulation is this punishment based on?” wrote one Weibo user.