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Follow the lights, win tickets to a tourist spot

TRAFFIC police have come up with a unique method to stem the nuisance of jaywalking.

Pedestrians who comply with the laws at the city's major crossroads now stand a chance of winning free tickets to tourist sites.

Violators of the law will be asked to read aloud the traffic regulations in full view of the public besides being slapped with fines.

Police said it was intended to surprise the locals while promoting good behavior.

Those who comply will win a free ticket to the Hengdian Film-TV Business Park in neighboring Zhejiang Province.

There will be 160,000 tickets that police officers and traffic assistants will randomly distribute to citizens.

Police said there had been more than 20,000 cases of pedestrians violating traffic regulations since June.

Officers said jaywalking had become a serious problem with the 10 yuan (US$1.63) fines failing to deter them.

"Winning a ticket for following rules is a good idea," said a pedestrian who received one of the free tickets at the busy Jing'an Temple area.

"But I do not think it's a long-term solution to tackle the jaywalking ... Fines should be heavier," the pedestrian said.


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