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Bright-Light Staredown Punishment for Improrper Use of High Beams
   2014-08-05 11:49:07    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Wang Mengzhen

A driver is being forced to stare at the high-beam headlights of his car by police in the city of Shenzhen, Guangdong province, for improperly using the bright lights while driving on August 5, 2014. The city's Public Security Bureau is piloting an experimental measure in response to growing complaints about drivers that unessarily use their high-beams on the road. The measure has been met with mixed reactions by netizens. [Photo: CFP]

Shenzhen police are taking controversial measures to combat the improper use of highbeam headlights. Drivers caught unnecessarily using high-beams on the road are forced to stare into the bright lights for five minutes after being pulled over.

The announcement of the new measure, which is currently in its experimental phase, was made via the official Weibo account of the Shenzhen Public Security Bureau on August 1.

The post went viral almost immediately, with many netizens outraged over the measure, saying it is tantamount to corporal punishment. However, the police's new stance did have a number of supporters, as well.

Shenzhen's PSB reportedly made the rule in response to the growing number of complaints over drivers improperly using their high-beams, which can be hazardous to surrounding commuters.

Zou Deyin, a staff-member of the traffic police bureau of Shenzhen, thinks the new rule aims to guide drivers to use the lights in their vehicles properly, combining both education and punishment. He adds that the rule is not compulsory.

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