Nov 20, 2005, 10:25 AM
Post #3 of 3
Sometimes the cops will surprise you here by decent behavior. A couple of times when my wife was driving on a prohibited day in Mexico City, a cop pulled up beside her and called over to her, Señora, you are driving on the wrong day, you better take your car home before somebody gives you a ticket.” We have two cars, one can’t be driven on Tuesday, the other on Thursday, she forgot the day for one she was driving each time.
Last Friday, the 18th of this month was my suegra’s birthday. We decided to take her out to dinner at a nice upscale restaurant. We stopped at the newly opened Wal-Mart here in Cuernavaca to get some money from an ATM there that has a slot so you don’t risk having the machine swallow your card.
The new Wal-Mart is located on a divided four-lane avenue. They had just cut an opening through the dividing safety island so cars can pass through, to make a left turn into Wal-Mart. There is a double traffic light hanging on a goofy angle above the new opening, which appears to be a retorno. As we left Wal-Mart, we wanted to turn left, so when we got the green light we made the turn.
There was a cop standing there to direct traffic so people will get used to the new traffic pattern. My wife was driving, and waved to him. He waved back. As we were going up the street, my wife looked in the rear view mirror and said, “Oh, oh, the policeman is waving for me to came back there.” I gave her a bit of my vast legal knowledge and told her to keep going, maybe he won’t follow us.
A couple of minutes later, she checked the rear view again, and said that he got in his car and was following us. There was heavy traffic so it took him a while to get behind us. He then used his loudspeaker to tell us to stop.
When he walked up to the car on the driver’s side, I thought here we go, another crooked cop. He was surprisingly polite. He told my wife that left turns out of the new store were prohibited. When Doris told him that the traffic light seemed to indicate that we could turn, since there were two lights, one of which was turned toward the store driveway, and that there was no sign prohibiting left turns, she thought it was OK to make a left turn.
He agreed that it was very confusing, and advised her that the next time she left that store that she had to make a right turn, and go down to the next retorno to go in the direction that we were going now. He wished us all a good night and blessings, and left.
It’s always a happy surprise when a cop acts like a cop is supposed to here.
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