March 12, 2009

China gives free peppers to motorists

Police in China's southwestern Chongqing region said they are distributing free chili peppers to motorists to keep them awake behind the wheel.

The police said they have gone through about 3 pounds of chili peppers since they began distributing them at service stations March 3, The Times of London reported Thursday.

It's an unbelievable quantity, a police officer said.

Motorists said the hot peppers have been helpful in helping them stay alert on the roads.

It's really good to have some hot peppers when you are tired from driving. They make you alert, driver Chen Jun said told The Times.

The move comes as Chinese police are attempting to lower road fatalities. The country marked 5.1 road accident deaths for every 10,000 motor vehicles in China during 2007, the highest total in the world.