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[*] posted on 8-22-2019 at 09:26 AM


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[*] posted on 8-22-2019 at 12:31 PM


La Paz police had a slick tactic after giving you a ticket. Taking your driver's license for you to reclaim at the station means you need to go there to get it back. Parking tickets usually included removal of your license plates, requiring a trip to the station to get them back (and pay a fine). Word was that your dog needed to be leashed when traveling in the car (we told ours to duck down) Always an adventure!
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[*] posted on 8-22-2019 at 01:01 PM


Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Quote: Originally posted by Tioloco  
I have had quite a number of experiences through the years with the Mexican police. Most "visits" to the police station were relatively positive with a minimal financial impact. One instance however, taught me to be very leery of going to the station. Much better in my opinion now to settle it as quickly as possible on the side of the road. When things go south, you cant hit the rewind button.


Thanks for sharing this.


This is my point.

Writing ''If you didn't break the law, then insist on going to the police station! You will be on your way, soon enough,'' is wrong.

Maybe things will go well, and maybe you'll be on your way, soon enough.

And then again, maybe things won't go well, and you've just gotten deeper into shlt.

What's also bullshlt is writing don't pay on the street, you're only making it harder for the next dude.

We all do what we're comfortable with in Baja. Just don't write bullshlt, call it ''fact,'' and therefore, the truth. Fact might be based on personal experience, and what you've concluded is true, but that doesn't mean it's true for everyone.

If you haven't spent a lot of time in Baja, like, in one place for extended periods, not a 2 week vacation traveling taking in the sites, you don't know the underbelly of Baja.





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[*] posted on 8-22-2019 at 01:10 PM


JZ said:
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Bud, I'm not giving you some hypothetical opinion.
I've been stopped 10-20 times in the last 5 years.
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10-20 times in 5 years! I'm having trouble imagining what driving style would result in that many.

In 45 years of Baja travel, often at "brisk" speeds I have only gotten one ticket. That was in Cabo San Lucas about 25 years ago for not wearing a helmet while riding downtown. Followed the two officers to the station and paid a $7.00 fine then got picture with one of the cops holding his shotgun while I held up my ticket. Worth the money.
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[*] posted on 8-22-2019 at 04:38 PM


Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
I rarely drive. It's always my MX captain or deck hands that get pulled over.
Thanks for your non-reactive reply. The civility on the forum for the last week or so has been really refreshing; surprising how much one single individual was able to poison the mood of the whole place.

Call this a plea to everyone to see if-- now with the cancer extirpated-- we can exert a little effort to keep our egos in check and maintain the civil interchange. :light:




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[*] posted on 8-22-2019 at 05:39 PM


Drove northbound thru Tecate around 11:30 this morning and no problems. FYI, short line but it did take 1/2 hour as they were really taking their time with the cars. I was lucky, was at the kiosk maybe 30 seconds.
No churro's for sale, bummer!

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[*] posted on 8-22-2019 at 08:11 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  

... (I told Chris before that traffic fines are low in Mexico and never let a cop scare you with high fine talk). If you didn't break the law, then insist on going to the police station! You will be on your way, soon enough.


Not saying going to a station is wrong for anyone. I'm saying what YOU said is wrong. In your experience fines are lower at the police station. It's not lower for everyone. There's no norm.

Saying someone will ''be on your way, soon enough'' is plain wrong. You don't know that. You're guessing that'll be the case, and making assumptions.

Doesn't matter how many cops you know David. You vacation in Baja and are a tourist and don't know what I'm writing about.

I'm betting buddhaman and chuckie know.

In the end, I don't care what you or your law breaking son do.

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[*] posted on 8-23-2019 at 03:34 AM


Quote: Originally posted by lencho  
Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
I rarely drive. It's always my MX captain or deck hands that get pulled over.
Thanks for your non-reactive reply. The civility on the forum for the last week or so has been really refreshing; surprising how much one single individual was able to poison the mood of the whole place.

Call this a plea to everyone to see if-- now with the cancer extirpated-- we can exert a little effort to keep our egos in check and maintain the civil interchange. :light:


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Some dogs do fine off-leash
Others need to always be on a leash
Still, others need to be muzzled

You just never know what a dog will do.

Now Goats...you always know what they will do; So never turn your back on one!

[Edited on 8-23-2019 by paranewbi]
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[*] posted on 8-23-2019 at 06:22 AM


I think anyone who bribes a Mexican cop is committing a felony under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, aren’t they?



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[*] posted on 8-23-2019 at 07:47 AM


In no way a "bribe", simply a courteous cop paying the fine for me. For that I am grateful and can be on my way.
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[*] posted on 8-23-2019 at 08:40 AM
Courtesy and Convenience


THAT has always been my understanding over the years whenever I asked the officer if such was possible and I never saw evidence that such was not the case.

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[*] posted on 8-23-2019 at 08:45 AM


Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
I think anyone who bribes a Mexican cop is committing a felony under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, aren’t they?
. Any more stupid posts from tourest that has. No knowledge of Mexico.
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[*] posted on 8-23-2019 at 10:37 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Jack Swords  
In no way a "bribe", simply a courteous cop paying the fine for me. For that I am grateful and can be on my way.


I like think of the one time I got popped for a pocket knife in a random stop on the street “checking for drugs” by 6 cops as a donation to the secret policeman’s other ball.

The knife was expensive, I had it forever and it was worth $30 and the chance to mess with them a bit. The woman cop searched my other pocket and just left her hand in my pocket for a loooong time while talking to me, I asked her in English if a handy came with this stop. She just scowled and removed her hand.




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