This is a story in which every one wins. As ridiculous as it is, it has just the right amount of good intentions to ensure that this story is grounded in reality (by China standards). Love is restored, law and order is upheld; who knew love is the reason that people drive so slow?
Yes, everyone wins, even the girlfriend – she gets a ride in the end. (SPOILER)
Tired of Her Nagging, Man Leaves Girlfriend Behind at Rest Stop, Gets Fined for Driving Away at Slow Speed
Reporter, Chen Haifeng Correspondent, Liu Chuanhai
Originally reported in the Shangqiu Report
As a way to “cure” his girlfriend of excessive nagging, a Shandong man left behind his girlfriend at a rest stop service station on a highway. However, his getaway from his stranded girlfriend was driven at very slow speeds that did not exceed 30 km/h. As a result, he was fined 200 RMB by traffic police and deducted 3 points on his driver’s license.
At approximately 3 PM on the afternoon of March 9th, a traffic officer with the Shangqiu traffic patrol was travelling eastbound upon the Lianhuo highway. It was near the rest stop located by the Henan-Anhui border that this police officer happened upon a young woman walking on the highway that also happened to be crying. Upon interviewing her, the police officer learned that this woman is surnamed Wang and from the city of Heze in Shandong; she and her boyfriend, a man surnamed Cao, were travelling on the way to the city of Xuzhou when they got into an argument over a disagreement about the travel route. In a fit of rage, the boyfriend unexpectedly expelled the woman from the car at the Henan-Anhui rest stop.By the time that the police officer discovered the woman, she had already been walking [on the highway] for a kilometer.
After taking her statement, the police officer brought her on board the police vehicle, and together they gave chase to the boyfriend’s automobile. The police officer quickly caught up to the fleeing Mr Cao in a Ford automobile with “鲁R” licence plates (designating that his car is registered in Heze, Shandong) mostly due to the fact that Mr Cao was driving as slow as a snail (upon the expressway) at a speed no faster than 30 kh/h. The police officer signaled to Mr Cao to follow along to the toll booths located at the Henan-Anhui border.
According to Mr Cao, he was afraid that his girlfriend may get into an accident after he had forced her to leave the vehicle; for this reason, Mr Cao drove slowly and allowed her to walk on her own the to toll booths ahead where he planned to pick her up; it is in this fashion that he thought he would be able to “cure” her nagging. Under the traffic policeman’s guidance, the couple made up and are the same as before the argument. However, because Mr Cao broke the law for going under the minimum allowed speed maximum on a expressway, he was fined 200 RMB and deducted 3 demerit points off his driver’s licence.