The following 12-minute video is a compilation of traffic accidents caught on surveillance cameras installed throughout the city of Heze in Shandong province of China. It was originally released by traffic authorities to help educate the public on traffic safety awareness and has since become the latest viral video to spread throughout China’s internet where it has been viewed millions of times by Chinese netizens. Warning: Video may be graphic.
Tragic! 108 surveillance cameras capture the moment of death in Heze traffic accidents!
Installing surveillance cameras is just one method, but improving motorists and the people’s traffic safety knowledge is the key. We cannot stop traffic accidents from happening, but we will do our best to prevent and reduce the occurrence of accidents. Rise up together all people and all police, and work towards building a safe and peaceful Heze, work towards being able to go home to eat with our loved ones…
The above high definition copy comes from popular Chinese video sharing website Youku, where it has accumulated over ~2 million views, over 8300 comments spanning over 279 pages, and over 23k upvotes within 22 hours of being uploaded. These numbers are still rapidly rising as of this time. Just over the past hour, this video added an additional 200k views and 4k upvotes.
In comparison, the most popular copy on Tudou has 190k views, over 600 comments, over 1200 upvotes, and is titled “Shandong Heze police released traffic accident footage, over 10 million views“.
A copy on YouTube:
[UPDATE: Sorry, our copy on YouTube was "flagged as inappropriate" and is no longer available.]
Comments from Youku:
Those people are so unobservant of traffic rules. Intensely demand that China’s traffic department modify the laws so that those who don’t obey the rules like running red light and therefore cause accidents resulting in injuries and deaths should not only die but also pay fines and losses.
A lot of them are electric scooters and motorcycles breaking the law… so sad… In some of the clips, the car was already driving very slowly…
After watching these, it seems it is always the ones who got hit who simply have no notion of traffic regulations. Can you please just wait those few dozen seconds? Are those few seconds going to result in you making 1 million less or whatever?
We can see in conclusion: No matter what “metal covering flesh” > “flesh covering metal”
Again a problem with the character of our country’s people, insisting on crossing even when they know there are cars coming and going. And the drivers too. In Germany, even if it is a green light but there are pedestrians on the crosswalk, the drivers will not move forward, they won’t even honk.
Yes, they [in Germany] won’t move forward… but in China if you don’t try moving forward or honking, just when will you be able to go??? If you give way to them, they will cross the road slowly, one after another, not letting you go… frustrating you to death. [But] if you don’t give way to them, you’ll feel bad in your heart too…
For a lot of them, they deserved to die, they were asking for it. Who can you blame?
If you don’t abide by traffic rules and you get hit and die, you deserved it. It isn’t that I am ruthless, but those riding non-motorized vehicles treat us motorists like ATMs. They obviously know it is a red light yet they still run it right in front of you.
Only this kind of video can truly have any educational and cautionary value. Everyone on the road, you must be careful.
This background music makes my blood boil!
Some bastards simply deserve to die, [and they] even get motorists/drivers in trouble. To run a red light is to run past Death’s door. Best if they died.
First, it is still a problem of character! More and more people are buying cars! But accidents keep happening! Hope everyone can pay more attention when driving! Finally, it is still better to not buy cars! There will be less accidents and less pollution of the environment! Buying a car doesn’t show that you have money but rather makes you pay even more money! With gas prices that high, everyone in the future ride horses!
Heze people are in such a hurry?
A lot of the situations was because these people believe the road belong to them.
Those who violate traffic rules… should rightfully be hit and killed… even sympathy compensation shouldn’t be paid. Now anytime someone is hit, it is the person who hit the other who is held responsible. This is too unfair. Nowadays, those riding electric scooters will turn without even looking. You tell me what can be done when this happens? Sometimes I really want to ask them who would be responsible if a crash happened. NNd.
To say something heartless, those who were hit and killed truly deserved it!!! Truly!!! Life is getting faster and faster, there are more and more cars… Does not obeying the traffic signals mean you’re a man? Even if you get some compensation money (no matter who is wrong, the traffic police always rules compensation for the weaker party, which is the party on the non-motorized vehicle), you won’t be able to spend it when you’re dead. And after you’re gone, someone else will come sleep with your wife, hit your child, sit on your sofa, and live in your house!!! Cherish your life…it’s better to wait a minute than to steal a second!
In these clips, it is basically always caused by the non-motorized vehicle party running the traffic signal [red light], etc… causing disaster for both parties/sides!!!!!