Guangzhou now has a ‘jaywalking wall of shame.’
On February 25, Panyu District’s traffic police started using a video monitoring display to draw attention to jaywalkers. The 2.5-meter-long LED screen displays live footage of the intersection on Yayun Dadao and Panyu Dadao, and shows a clear image of anyone caught crossing the road illegally. The aim is to cut down on jaywalking in the busy area and encourage pedestrians to abide by traffic safety laws.
A man’s face displayed on screen to remind pedestrians not to jaywalk. Screengrab via @广州日报/Weibo
According to Yangcheng Evening News, 50 jaywalkers were shamed on the monitor on the first day the cameras were installed. The photos reportedly circulate on the huge screen for roughly one hour before being taken offline.
This kind of surveillance system has been installed in cities all over the country. Here in South China, Shenzhen set up roadside video cameras and screens to call out jaywalkers in 2017.
Plastering jaywalkers’ images on giant roadside monitors is just one of the many tactics that police in China have used to raise awareness of the dangers of jaywalking and encourage people to ‘go on green.’
In March 2018, traffic police in Panyu were stationed at a busy intersection to apprehend jaywalkers and make them watch a traffic safety video. Reports said that if the video was unable to load, officers requested that the offender share a photo of their offense on their WeChat Moments.
Shanghai traffic police recently took a much more drastic approach to curb jaywalking. Pedestrians caught disobeying the law in two of Qingpu District’s busiest intersections are now required to watch a disturbing five-minute video containing graphic footage of people being hit by moving vehicles.
[Cover image: screengrab via @广州日报/Weibo]