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Walk of shame: Police get tough with jaywalkers in new campaign

STARTING yesterday, police will be fining all jaywalkers they spot in Shanghai.

Since 2017, jaywalkers have been educated on the rules if they are first-time offenders. They received a warning if caught a second time, and fined from the third offense.

Police registered offenders’ identity card or passport numbers to track their record.

But they say fines are no longer a deterrent with a large number of people breaking the rules in the past three years.

According to the rules, pedestrians must cross a street at zebra crossings.

Yesterday morning, traffic police in the Pudong New Area stopped over 20 jaywalkers between 10am and 11am on Huayuanshiqiao Road between Yincheng Road M. and Dongtai Road in the Lujiazui business area.

There are no zebra crossings on this part of Huayuanshiqiao Road, about 200 meters in length, and pedestrians are supposed to cross the street at the two intersections at the end of the street. However, many still cross the street in the middle.

Offenders were fined 20 yuan (US$2.9).

Some offenders said that more zebra crossings were needed because it was such a long street.

Police officer Liu Wenxuan said: “Some people walk through red lights because they’re impatient to wait for the lights to turn green, and once one starts, others often would follow.”

Zhu Rongxue, an official in charge of traffic law education, told Shanghai Daily that zebra crossings in the middle of a street, between two intersections, are usually painted in parts where there are a relatively large number of people crossing, such as in front of residential complexes.

On this part of Huayuanshiqiao Road, Zhu said most offenders are people working in two office buildings on the road and tourists.

“There are no residential complexes here, and the street is wide with fast passing cars, which makes it impossible to paint zebra crossings in the middle of it,” he said.

Meanwhile, the city has a number of cameras that can identify jaywalkers. Letters of punishment will be sent to offenders after offenses are confirmed by police.

What are the rules to follow?

Q: Is it illegal to cross the street in the middle of the road where there are no zebra crossings?

A: Yes. If there are no zebra crossings between two intersections, you should cross the street at the intersections, if there are zebra crossings there.

Q: How much is the fine and do I have to pay with cash?

A: In most cases, an offender is fined 20 yuan (US$2.90). But in the cases where the offender crosses the street by climbing over fences in the middle of the street, refuses to be fined or causes traffic accidents, the fine could amount to 50 yuan.

Both cash and payment through Alipay or WeChat are acceptable. There is a QR code on the letter of punishment issued by police to the offender on the scene for Internet payment.

Q: Do I have to pay on the scene?

A: No, you can pay within 15 days from the day you receive the letter of punishment. If you fail to do so, you will have to pay a daily surcharge of 3 percent of the fine beyond the 15 days.

Q: What if I don’t agree with the decision from the police?

A: You can apply for a review of the decision with the district public security bureau or the district people’s court within 60 days from the day you receive the letter of punishment, or file an administrative lawsuit to the court within six months from the day you receive the letter of punishment.

If you dispute the letter of punishment, you can go to the police to see the photo and video evidence against you. If you’re still not convinced, then you can seek the above legal remedies.


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