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Jaywalkers in Chinese city made to take test on traffic rules ... and they can’t leave until they pass

System set up in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, as part of crackdown on traffic offences, according to media report

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 August, 2016, 12:11pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 August, 2016, 12:31pm

People caught jaywalking in a city in eastern China have to take an immediate lesson on traffic regulations and are allowed to leave only after they pass a test, according to a news agency report.

The system has been set up in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, the China News Service said.

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“Jaywalking is not punished by fines, but [offenders] have to come here to study traffic rules,” Cen Jian, the head of a traffic police team in the city, was quoted as saying.

Classrooms have been set up near road crossings in the city. Offenders watch educational videos and study traffic regulations.

The whole process, including the mandatory test, takes about an hour, Cen said.

Ten people were studying in a classroom set up near the city’s train station on Monday morning when the China News Service visited.

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The city authorities launched a campaign in June to crack down on traffic offences by pedestrians and others such as cyclists not using motor vehicles.

Police have spotted more than 11,000 offences so far.