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Chinese driver stops on highway over fear of heights

Man says he has suffered such issues before and officers previously came to his aid

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 February, 2017, 2:45pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 February, 2017, 3:37pm

Police in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang issued only a verbal warning to a driver who stopped suddenly on an elevated road because he claimed he was afraid of heights.

Traffic police saw on surveillance video on Tuesday that a car with a Jiangsu province licence plate had stopped on the road shoulder, the Qianjiang Evening News reports.

The command centre then received a call for help from the driver, who said he felt “very uncomfortable” after driving onto the highway.

“I can’t drive. Please come and help me,” the driver was quoted as saying.

The man later told police he suffered from acrophobia and was driving from Jiangsu province to Hangzhou. He felt dizzy when he drove on the elevated section of the road, he said.

The driver said that when he saw the height of the highway rail, he began sweating and his legs became too weak to operate the pedals of the car, so he pulled over.

“Something similar happened before when I was in Maanshan, Anhui. I called police and the officer helped me drive the car off the elevated road,” the man was quoted as saying.

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China’s traffic regulations do not restrict people suffering acrophobia from driving.

Three years ago a truck driver who claimed to be have acrophobia so would not drive by the highway rail was punished for blocking the road for smaller vehicles. The driver also paid another person to help him drive across the bridge.