A Chinese man was fed up of traffic on his daily bus commute route. So he decided to take matters in his own hands.
The man, identified only by his surname Cai, was captured on surveillance footage with a can of white paint and a brush, painting road lines to divert the flow of traffic at an intersection in Lianyungang city in China.
The man added a straight arrow to a road sign for a left turn at a cross road after adding two arrows pointing to the left a little further ahead on the busy road. Cars can be seen following the new directions as Cai continued to paint.
However, the man's efforts were soon thwarted as police arrived and told Cai, crouching in the middle of the road, to stop. He was taken into custody and the Jiangsu province police fined the 28-year-old man 1,000 yuan ($151).
When asked why he had taken such a measure, the young man replied he was sick and tired of the endless traffic jams.
"I take the bus to go home after work every day, passing by that place," Cai said in a police video published by the local newspaper. "The traffic jam there is always pretty bad but I saw there are only a few cars in the lane that turns left, so I just want to expand one driving lane by adding one straight arrow."
"I thought changing the signs would make my commute smoother," he told the police, according to local media.
Authorities later told road maintenance workers to remove the new signs painted by Cai and restore the road to as it was before the young man's handiwork. Cai was also released after paying his fine.
"Considering that you are still young and quite honest, we won't detain you this time, understand?" a policeman told Cai in the video.
The man may not have succeeded in his attempt to divert the flow of traffic but perhaps his handiwork has helped bring to attention the heavy traffic jams commuters encounter during rush hours in the city. As for Cai, hopefully he has learned his lesson not to interfere with things best left to the authorities.