Shanghai mulls red line for jaywalking
Shanghai is considering drawing a red line, or many of them, to combat jaywalking.
The lines on the edge of sidewalks like in Hong Kong were suggested by some local legislators to curb jaywalking.
The red lines are marked where people can never cross the street, and violators face severe punishment, Yu Guoqiang, a deputy to the Shanghai People's Congress, the city’s legislative body, said.
“Under the current law, jaywalkers are fined 10 yuan ($1.45), which is too little to work as a deterrent,” said deputy Liu Mingang.
Jaywalking impedes traffic safety in many Chinese cities. In Dalian, Liaoning province, jaywalking caused 155 traffic accidents involving death from the beginning of 2015 to April last year. In Chonqing municipality, nearly half of all traffic accidents involving injury or death were triggered by jaywalking in 2015.
A swimmer marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Rooster by wearing a costume and diving into icy water in Shenyang, Liaoning province on Tuesday.