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(China Plus) A new penalty for traffic violations by drivers of electric vehicles has been put into action in Xinyu City in Jiangxi Province. If the driver posts on WeChat Moments that they broke the rules, and the post gets at least 30 likes from their followers, they can be exempted from the regular penalties, according to a report by jxnews.com.cn on Friday.

The WeChat Moment sent by a traffic violator surnamed Zhang, Jiangxi Province, on Thursday, April 19, 2018. [Photo: jxnews.com.cn]

The new punishment only applies to minor traffic violations by electric vehicle drivers, such as driving the wrong way down a street, driving in the wrong lane, and driving without a helmet.

"I prefer the new penalty. Sending a WeChat Moment to admit guilt about my traffic violation makes me feel disgraced, but the method has had such impact, I won't make this mistake a second time," said one traffic violator surnamed Zhang.

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Traffic violator surnamed Zhang sends a WeChat Moment after she broke the road rules on her electric vehicle. [Photo: jxnews.com.cn]

Traffic police in Xinyu City say that the penalty is a good way to make rule breakers remember their mistakes, and acts as a reminder to others to follow the road rules.

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Agreed with Seneca - this could prove counter-productive to the actual purpose of punishment.

This also puts smartphone and WeChat users in more privileged position than the less "fortunate", further fueling social gaps among citizens.

Personally I believe in bigger fines, not just as punishments to traffic violators, but also as a source of financing traffic control and covering damages that the traffic violators cause but cannot pay themselves. Otherwise it is the rest of society that has to pay.

The principle itself I consider to be in line with forced and public confessions used with other rule breakers in various totalitarian countries. Don't have to look far to understand that these questionable solutions probably come from the same well.

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Jaaja Post time: 2018-4-21 00:19
Agreed with Seneca - this could prove counter-productive to the actual purpose of punishment.

This  ...

The USA is so totalitarian you don't even get a choice. You have to pay the fine or have a warrant out for your arrest.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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robert237 Post time: 2018-4-21 17:08
The USA is so totalitarian you don't even get a choice. You have to pay the fine or have a warrant ...

As already mentioned, this choice provided in Xinyu City in Jiangxi is likely to produce unwanted side effects eve in Chinese context.

It would do so much more in countries like USA, so obviously this specific choice will not be available there.

Public shaming in social media will not work in countries where public shaming is as much an opportunity to some as it could be a deterring punishment to others.

I consider this another case of social experimentation in China, something that a developing country probably needs to do. Fine or jail time, and confiscation of vehicle if deemed necessary, is a time tested solution in more developed countries.

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