Shenzhen police punished 35,286 drivers for parking illegally and slapped fines totaling 7.44 million yuan (US$1.21 million) between April 27 and May 9, after imposing stricter rules and heavier fines for traffic violations.
The number of traffic congestion and accidents, especially during the May Day holiday, has dropped.
Traffic accidents dropped by 42.3 percent to 2,574 compared with the same period last year, and by 5.62 percent compared with the previous two weeks.
Shenzhen traffic police checked for a total of 85,735 violations in 30 categories that police were focused on clamping down on, such as illegal parking, illegally using emergency lanes and vehicle-refitting.
“The traffic situation in Shenzhen has gotten a lot better in the last two weeks, since the police starting hitting violators with stricter and heavier fines,” a bus driver recruited as a monitor to help police watch over the roads and identify traffic scofflaws said.
Recruiting driving citizens to help enforce traffic laws is one of several new measures police have recently taken to relieve congestion.
The first group of traffic safety monitors was selected from the ranks of lawmakers, political advisers, lawyers, drivers and volunteers, according to police.
Each violation recorded by the monitors will be filed and investigated.