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City fines jaywalkers 10 yuan

POLICE say they are cracking down on jaywalking at major roads, fining violators 10 yuan (US$1.63), but some officials and residents say the fine is too small to be effective.

Officers say while violators sometimes refuse to pay or run away, they are taking the time to convince them to pay up.

"We often have to talk a long time to persuade them, and we're not always successful," said one police officer at downtown Yuyuan and Huashan roads in Jing'an District yesterday.

Officers say the time-consuming enforcement is important, but leaves little time for other traffic duties.

Some police say jaywalkers who claim they have no money on them are given newspapers and made to read articles out loud as punishment.

At the intersection of Zhoujiazui and Huangxing roads in Yangpu District, more than 20 jaywalkers were punished that way in two hours yesterday.

"I really felt ashamed and I won't jaywalk again," said a jaywalking "reader" surnamed Wang.

Huang Chen, a lawmaker, said jaywalking "has lessened with more public education," but heavier fines are needed.

Police caught 350,000 jaywalkers in the city last year.


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