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Here is the punishment for not dipping your headlights in one Chinese city

You get forced to stare into police high-beams. Yes, really.

The image released by Shenzhen police, apparently showing somebody being forced to stare into high-beams.
The image released by Shenzhen police, apparently showing somebody being forced to stare into high-beams.
Image: Weibo

HOW ANNOYING IS it when somebody driving towards you doesn’t dip their headlights? Pretty annoying.

And now, authorities in a major Chinese city are making drivers who inappropriately flash their lights suffer the same agony – as in this picture.

In a post on their official account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter, traffic police in the southern city of Shenzhen said that violators were being made to look at bright headlights for five minutes.

The post described it as an “appropriate experience” that would make offenders “sense the harm” such use of their headlights could cause.

“From now on, traffic police will make those found carelessly using bright lights to look at them for five minutes,” said the post, dated Tuesday.

Violators also have to listen to a police explanation on properly using headlights and pay a fine of 300 yuan (€36), the post said.

It included the photo of a man sitting on a red plastic stool looking into the bright lights of what appeared to be a police vehicle with a uniformed officer standing nearby.

- © AFP, 2014

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