‘Civilized Relay’: Jaywalkers Punished by Being Made Traffic Wardens in Wuhan

A new jaywalking regulation in central China means offenders can't leave until they catch someone else walking a red light. (Tortuka/Wikimedia Commons)
A new jaywalking regulation in central China means offenders can't leave until they catch someone else walking a red light. (Tortuka/Wikimedia Commons)

People caught walking through red lights in Hubei Province’s Wuhan are being made to remain at the scene of their crime until they catch another offender!

Since the end of May, the new penalty–named a “civilized relay” by local authorities–has apparently halved the number of jaywalkers. The previous unsuccessful method of control was a fine.

Jaywalking began to be banned in China in 2004, and penalties range from 10 to 100 yuan ($1.60 to $16).

A pedestrian surnamed Yan told China News Service he had to wait for nearly 10 minutes til he saw another jaywalker to take his place in Hanyang District, and is much more careful now.

A Changjiang Daily reporter saw nine people walk through a red light during a 15-minute period at a junction in Hanyang, according to the South China Morning Post.

10yan.com reports that some netizens are suspicious of this new rule because it violates personal liberty. They encourage creating solutions to the jaywalking problem in China, but think they should be in line with the law.

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