The misuse of headlights – and fog lights – have featured fairly regularly in the campaign suggestions we’ve received through our interactive advocacy platform Speak Out, but nobody has yet suggested the bizarre method of punishment reportedly dished out by one city’s traffic police in China.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that police in Shenzhen, a major city in the country’s south, are making those who abuse the use of their headlights sit in front of a police van and stare in its lights for five minutes.
The police department posted the above picture to China’s version of Twitter – Weibo – on their official account, which has more than 650,000 followers.
“From now on, traffic police will make those found carelessly using bright lights to look at them for five minutes,” the message attached to the image said, according to a translation by the SMH.
This method doesn’t sound particularly healthy for one’s eyes so it’s not likely something that will be adopted in Australia any time soon.
A number of Speak Out suggestions have called on drivers to stop using fog lights while on the road.
“It seems to me now every car fitted with these lights is using them every night. They are not good for oncoming drivers, causing (temporary) blinding,” one user wrote.
“Please have a bit more consideration for your fellow road users and switch them off.”
Another member suggested a campaign to educate drivers how to turn their fog lights off.
“I would like to see a campaign educating drivers of late model vehicles on how and when to turn off fog lights,” they wrote.
Living in rural NSW I see more and more vehicles travelling with fog lights on when it’s not appropriate.
“As they are mounted low on the car they shine straight into the eyes of oncoming drivers.”
In NSW you are only permitted to use fog lights ‘if driving in fog, mist or other atmospheric condition that restricts visibility’.
It is also an offence to use your high beams when you are less than 200m from a car in front, or less than 200m from an oncoming vehicle.
Both of these attract a $104 fine and loss of two points.
What do you think would make a more suitable punishment for drivers who use high beams and fog lights when they shouldn’t?