Chinese police crack down on headlight misuseSaturday 09 August 2014 21.31
Police in a city in China are making drivers who inappropriately flash their bright lights suffer the same agony.
In a post on their official account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter, traffic police in the southern city of Shenzhen said that violators were being made to look at bright headlights for five minutes.
The post described it as an "appropriate experience" that would make offenders "sense the harm" such use of their headlights could cause.
"From now on, traffic police will make those found carelessly using bright lights to look at them for five minutes," said the post.
Violators also have to listen to a police explanation on properly using headlights and pay a fine of 300 yuan (€36) the post said.
It included a photo of a man sitting on a red plastic stool looking into the bright lights of what appeared to be a police vehicle with a uniformed officer standing nearby.
Automobile use has boomed in China along with the country's rapid economic growth, which has vaulted it to become the world's second-largest economy and the globe's biggest car market.