Guangzhou traffic police officer points gun to halt speeding driver

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 February, 2013, 11:22am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 February, 2013, 3:28pm

A traffic policeman from Tianhe unit pointed a gun at a speeding driver on Liede Avenue in Guangzhou on Thursday, after other attempts to stop the car failed, Xinhua News reported on Thursday.

At 2am, traffic police spotted a red Porsche speeding on Liede Avenue.

The driver slammed on his brakes 100 metres before an on-road inspection point, ignored police warnings to stop the car, and, instead, put the car into reverse.

A policeman, in an attempt to stop the car, pointed a gun at the driver.

The driver stepped out of the car, “smelling of alcohol”, according to the report. He took an alcohol test that showed a result of 71mg/100ml.

The driver was convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). He was issued 12 demerit points on his licence and banned from driving for six months.

The driver’s friend, who claimed to be an overseas resident, said after the incident, “I didn’t expect them [the police] to take DUI enforcement so seriously.”

China has imposed a zero-tolerance policy on driving under the influence since 2009. 

This year, a controversial new traffic rule penalising drivers who run yellow lights came into effect. While authorities believe the rule will reduce the number of traffic violations, many criticised it as impractical.

The incident in Guangzhou attracted Chinese netizen’s attention. While some thought that the police reaction was “too harsh”, most approved of stricter enforcement of traffic rules.