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Traffic police in the Guanyun county of Lianyungang, Jiangsu province have been offering "coupons" for traffic violation penalties since the middle of June in order to promote traffic laws, local media reported on Tuesday.
People can get a 50 percent discount with the coupons when paying fines for violating traffic laws.
Statistics show that about 10 accidents involving electric bicycles occur every day in Guanyun county. Faced with the problem of frequent accidents caused by the unruly behavior of electric bicycle riders and pedestrians, the local traffic police decided to create a large-scale promotion in hopes of rectifying the situation.
"We want to take simple measures to promote traffic laws and make people aware of the penalties that go along with violations," said Feng Qiqiang, a local traffic police officer.
One of the functions of the coupon system is to promote traffic laws among citizens. People can get a 50 percent discount if they do break traffic regulations, and they can also call their friends to ask questions based on the printed rules. If the answers are correct, the penalties will be cancelled.
Most people have praised the program, though some people oppose it. The discounts should not be applied to penalties, and it is unfair to people who don't have the coupons, said a man surnamed Liu.
A lawyer from Jiangsu province held that the Guanyun traffic police had not taken proper measures to hedge against accusations of abusing law-enforcement power. However, Feng explained that the coupons aim first and foremost at improving people's knowledge of traffic laws, and they are attempting to accomplish that through an interesting promotion. They will return to traditional law enforcement when the campaign ends on July 10, he added.

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Post time 2016-7-5 17:18:47 |Display all floors
Good grief!   The law is the law and must be upheld. Until this is understood on Chinese roads, the chaos here will continue.
In the west in the middle ages the Catholic church had "pardoners" who sold "coupons" to people to allow them to commit behaviours contrary to Christian principles, thereby helping them to heaven in the afterlife!
Not only was this a ruse to get money from ignorant people, it degraded the rules, principles and laws that the church was supposed to uphold.
The situation is the same with this issue. What a wonderful way to extort money from drivers (if the coupons are sold).  And who gets these coupons? everyone, a few chosen people who are friends and family of the police..... I fear another example of wooly thinking.
The standard of driving in China is bad. So bad that it would take a huge investment in more traffic police who operate zero tolerance to one traffic offence at a time. Forget the gimmicks.
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More nonsense, the law is the law and as such should be enforced, claiming ignorance of a law is no defence.

All traffic law violators should be punished within the level of the and publish list of offenders in prominent places to show the laws are being enforced and to educate others into what the laws are.

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Post time 2016-7-5 17:48:20 |Display all floors
Interesting ..

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I have to agree with TedM and Futs.  Enforce the law with no fear and no exemptions. If a motorist tries to bribe their way out, charge them with attempted bribery and fine them so heavily that their wallet (or purse) will hurt from the loss of kuai for years afterwards.
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Ratfink Post time: 2016-7-5 23:26
I have to agree with TedM and Futs.  Enforce the law with no fear and no exemptions. If a motorist t ...

Try bribery?  Then revoke their drivers licence and withdraw their car registration number so it can not be used. Harsh penalties are needed.

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Enforce the law

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