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Foreign jaywalkers fined by cop with flair for English

TWO foreign men were fined on Saturday evening after refusing to obey a police officer who asked them not to cross the road on a red light.

The Caucasian males, whose nationality is unknown, attempted to cross Changning Road and Dingxi Road while the red light was showing.

As they did, 25-year-old Jiao Jinjun, an officer with Changning District traffic police, said in English: “Please stop and go back.”

The pair ignored him, so Jiao stepped in front of them to block their way.

“You two, passports please,” he said.

The men responded by asking Jiao to show them his identity card.

The officer told them that as they had broken the city’s traffic law they would be fined and would have to show their passports.

The men tried to explain their actions by claiming they were color blind.

Jiao called for backup and the two foreigners were taken to a nearby police station. They were fined an undisclosed amount for jaywalking and failing to obey a law enforcement official.

Several people who witnessed the incident later posted images on the Internet. One gave Jiao the nickname “police officer who speaks best English.”

Jiao said he graduated from Shanghai Police College, where English courses were compulsory. He said he practices by watching American TV series.

“Everybody should obey the traffic law,” he said. “There are no exceptions for foreigners.”

Under the traffic law, people can be fined 10 yuan (US$1.60) for crossing a road on a red light, though a warning is usually given first.


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