Chinese commuter arrested for painting his own road markings

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A man in China, fed-up of his lengthy commute, decided to take matters into his own hands.

Captured on CCTV, the man, whose surname was Cai, thought the ideal way to speed up his morning commute was to meddle with traffic signs – and painted his own arrows onto the road in a bid to clear congestion at a road junction.


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According to China Daily, Mr Cai added an extra arrow onto an intersection in the city of Lianyungang, directing cars in a left-turn lane that they could go straight ahead.

"I saw that the straight lane was always packed with cars, while the lane that turns left has a lot of space," he reportedly told police.

"I thought that changing the signs would make my commute smoother."

Unluckily for Cai, the whole incident was caught on CCTV. The added arrow has since been removed and the unhappy commuter has been fined 1000 Chinese Yuan (£112).

Traffic officials say that the additional arrow would actually have made Cai's commute even longer, too.