Chinese Drivers Forced To Stare At High Beams For Leaving Them On

Don't you hate it when you're driving at night and some jerk driving the other way forgets to turn his headlights off? That might not be an issue anymore in the city of Shenzhen in China where drivers who don't turn off their high beams will be forced to stare at them for five minutes.

A post on the Shenzen Police's verified Weibo page says that traffic police will punish motorists who use their high beams indiscriminately by making them stare into the high beams of a police car. In addition, offenders will be fined $49.

According to a post on the Wall Street Journal's Chinarealtime blog, reaction to this new punishment is mixed. Some praise its "eye for an eye" nature, while others say that it would have a negative effect on the health of the offenders.

It's certainly an interesting solution to the problem, but I would be concerned with how the drivers are supposed to drive home after they've been blinded by high beams. Hopefully they don't actually put this into practice because it seems like it would cause a lot more harm than good.

H/T To Bob!

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