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Posted: 03/05/12 08:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Transit police that patrol Highway 2 near the Columbia crossing have a new trick. When they stop you and give you a big story about speeding etc and tell you in Spanish that you need to pay a big fine and when you say you don't understand, they use a cell phone to call someone who speaks English. This person identifies herself as someone from the police station and confirms the fine amount that the transit cop has told you.
They tried that with us and we just told them we'd follow them to the police station to pay. After talking it over among themselves, they settled for a few pasos to buy themselves some cokes.


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Posted: 03/05/12 09:56am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

whats with needing to go to the transito station, here in Mazatlan a ticket is issued just like the states, and if its paid within 24 hours fine is reduced 50 %.. why even buy the a coke ??

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Are talking about in Ecuador?

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No.. Columbia crossing near Laredo, Texas

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Best result we had was to take out our cell phone to call a friend. We were sent on our way immediately. Best news was the Municipal Secretary was a former university student of our friend who was going to lodge a complaint on our behalf. We had the unit number of the vehicle. Gotta love it when things work out!

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The one and only time I tried the Columbia crossing we were stung by the police set up by a screwy 6 way intersection with a stop sign right in the middle of it. We sat and discussed the alleged offense for 45 minutes, the policeman was unshakable and relentless. It cost $20 ultimately to be allowed to continue.
Ever since then if the local police don't have a car or otherwise block the road I keep my eyes straight ahead and act as though I don't even see them...What are they going to do, run after me?





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Ever since then if the local police don't have a car or otherwise block the road I keep my eyes straight ahead and act as though I don't even see them...What are they going to do, run after me?


I did this once near Tampico and the cops (3) all jumped in a taxi and pulled me over!

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Ever since then if the local police don't have a car or otherwise block the road I keep my eyes straight ahead and act as though I don't even see them...What are they going to do, run after me?


I did this once near Tampico and the cops (3) all jumped in a taxi and pulled me over!


Radios and cell phones , its a modern world down here..

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Wm.Elliot wrote:

I suppose it depends how hard they want to work for the morbida. All the ones I drove by never gave chase.
It wasn't that long ago when hardly any police had radar in Mexico. Those were the days....


mordida, not morbida


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I suppose it depends how hard they want to work for the mordida. All the ones I drove by never gave chase.
It wasn't that long ago when hardly any police had radar in Mexico. Those were the days....
edit: spelling correction

* This post was edited 03/09/12 01:17am by Wm.Elliot *

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