Drink-Driver Pushes Over Traffic Light That Turned Red

Story ByJohn FengSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report

Video Credit: AsiaWire

This is the moment a drink-driver unscrews a traffic light and topples it over after it turned red as he approached a junction.

The clip being shared on social media sites shows the bumbling suspect surnamed Hu being frustrated by the sturdy traffic device while trying to take it apart in plain view of a traffic camera.

The footage from the junction between Jinxin Road and Jinyuan Road in Shantou, which is in South China’s Guangdong Province, shows Hu walking up to the traffic signal and undoing screws on each side of the traffic light in the centre of the crossroads.

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Pictures Credit: AsiaWire/Shantou Traffic Police Detachment & AsiaWire

He finally succeeds in shoving the solar-powered device over and walks away, with police nabbing him later the same day on 24th May.

Hu revealed he had been drinking on the night of the incident and was riding his scooter through the crossroads when the lights turned red.

In frustration, he got off his scooter, unscrewed its legs and pushed it over before leaving.

He also admitted to harbouring ill feelings towards the authorities, saying: “I was punished by the traffic police for drink-driving last year and held a grudge against them since.

“When I saw the traffic light I lost my temper. Plus I was drunk and was stimulated by the alcohol. That’s why I did that stupid thing.”

The police said Hu drunkenly rode a motorbike without a licence to a local police pound on 1st September last year, hoping to get his friend’s confiscated car back.

The authorities seized his bike but he fled on foot. He then took a pedicab back to the police station in order to get it back.

They arrested him and found him guilty of dangerous driving, putting him in jail for two months and issuing him with a fine of 2,000 RMB (228 GBP).

The authorities said he would be detained for 15 days and would be ordered to pay for the traffic light repairs.

The device costs up to 5,000 RMB (570 GBP), they said.

John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.

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