The power of chilli

Police in southwest China are giving drivers raw chilli in a bid to stop them falling asleep at the wheel, according to a local newspaper.

According to the Chongqing Evening News, police in the Chongqing region have started serving drivers chilli peppers at motorway service stations, holding to the traditional Chinese belief that people often feel sleepier in the spring.

“It’s really good to have some hot peppers when you are tired from driving,” van driver Chen Jun said. “They make you alert.”