Jay­walk­ers in Ji­nan get high-tech slap in face

China Daily - - CHINA - By ZHAO RUIXUE in Ji­nan zhaoruixue@chi­nadaily.com.cn

It is common in China to see a crowd of pedes­tri­ans or non­mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cles cross­ing a street even when the light is red. Now the au­thor­i­ties will know who they are.

Traffic po­lice in Ji­nan, Shan­dong prov­ince, re­cently in­stalled fa­cial recog­ni­tion equip­ment at street in­ter­sec­tions to go after jay­walk­ers and other vi­o­la­tors.

“When pedes­tri­ans or driv­ers of non­mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cles run a red light, the equip­ment will take four snap­shots and a 15-sec­ond video,” said Wei Jinghuo, di­rec­tor of the Ji­nan traffic po­lice tech­nol­ogy ser­vice cen­ter. “Jay­walk­ers can usu­ally be iden­ti­fied the same day by com­par­ing the images with those in the data­bases of the public se­cu­rity au­thor­i­ties.

“The tech­nol­ogy en­ables us to rec­og­nize the im­age of each jay­walker in a crowd.”

The move is part of a 100day cam­paign that will start soon in the city.

Once iden­ti­fied, jay­walk­ers will be no­ti­fied by the traffic po­lice and asked to ac­cept pun­ish­ment at lo­cal traffic po­lice branches. Jay­walk­ers will be sub­ject to fines as high as 50 yuan ($7.20).

Those caught by po­lice on the spot will be given a choice: half an hour of ed­u­ca­tion on traffic rules or 20 min­utes of vol­un­teer work as­sist­ing po­lice in traffic guid­ance.

For those who refuse to take their pun­ish­ment, the po­lice will in­form em­ploy­ers or res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties by let­ter, and their in­for­ma­tion will be pub­lished in the me­dia.

In­for­ma­tion on jay­walk­ers will also be up­loaded to the traffic credit sys­tem Ji­nan plans to create be­fore the end of next year. Once it’s com­pleted, jay­walk­ers’ in­for­ma­tion will be included in per­sonal credit archives, which will in­crease the cost of fu­ture vi­o­la­tions of traffic rules.

Wei said the pun­ish­ment details are still be­ing de­vel­oped, as the snap­shot sys­tem has only been on trial for a month.

A num­ber of Chi­nese cities — in­clud­ing Mianyang, Sichuan prov­ince, and Fuzhou, Fu­jian prov­ince — have also started using fa­cial recog­ni­tion to clamp down on jay­walk­ers.

In Mianyang, data cap­tured by the fa­cial recog­ni­tion equip­ment are dis­played on a screen next to the street.

Dong Xiaoxia, an em­ployee of a State-owned en­ter­prise in the en­ergy in­dus­try in Ji­nan, said more time is needed to know whether or not the sys­tem works.

“It de­pends on whether the au­thor­i­ties can en­force it,” Dong said. “Can the po­lice au­thor­i­ties re­ally ex­pose jay­walk­ers’ in­for­ma­tion in the me­dia? How will traffic credit records in­flu­ence the jay­walk­ers?”

Zhang Qi­hua, a se­nior stu­dent at a univer­sity in Ji­nan, said the cam­paign shows au­thor­i­ties’ at­ti­tude to­ward clamp­ing down on un­civ­i­lized be­hav­ior.

“It is a good trend. Like the crack­down on drunken driv­ing, I think a crack­down on jay­walk­ers will also work,” Zhang said.

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