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Q: Got stopped by traffic police today! Ever been stopped yourself?

As the title says...I actually got pulled over by traffic police today!

 

i was in Zhongshan, Guangdong. Got customers visiting so we hired a GL8 people carrier to get them around. 9am we head off from hotel onto a main road. I’m in the nearside/inside lane which changes into a right turn lane. I realize I need to change lanes to go straight so look, indicate & change lanes in front of a cop car. Think nothing of it till I get through the traffic lights and cop car pulls up next to me & signals for me to pull over...

 

So I indicate, stop, turn off car & get out. Next thing I’ve got 4 traffic cops, all smiling, looking at me. So it’s “zaoshang haol” & guy in charge asked for my driving license (in bad English), then the car license. He then uses translator on his phone to try to explain why he’s stopped me. Something about crossing a line. At this point I realise I must of changed lanes in front of him over a solid white line...

 

His mate says to him that I probably don’t understand (Ta ting bu dong putonghua, blah blah blah) so I explain I speak a little Chinese. Main guy is speaking into his translator app which isn’t responding so after 5 or so minutes of trying he passes my license back & they all get back in their car. I mutter xie xie & get in mine where I’ve got 3 British clients & my boss sat in the back!

 

Seems they couldn’t be arsed ticketing me as it was too many ch hassle. 

 

Anybody else been stopped by traffic cops here?

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looks like you were nearly in a bit of Hotwater !  

 

   gee,,, I crack myself up no

 

nope, never been pulled over in Asia.  My only run-in with the law in Asia was in Thailand about 20 years ago...   Military Police up there northwest of Bangers where that big military base is.  Now, that was a trip.

 

But your stop went just the way I would imagine. It's not like a big deal infraction.  I'm just happy that they are getting where they sometimes bother to deal with roadway infractions.  We actually have crossing-police at intersections here trying to get people to obey the pedestrian rules.  I'm relatively impressed.  I do sometimes feel for the copper yelling at granny in her blue buggy trying to explain to her that she is driving the wrong way down the sidewalk,  haha,,,  that ol' boy is sure a lot more Zen than I could be ! 

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Surprised it has taken so long Smile

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looks like you were nearly in a bit of Hotwater !  

 

   gee,,, I crack myself up no

 

nope, never been pulled over in Asia.  My only run-in with the law in Asia was in Thailand about 20 years ago...   Military Police up there northwest of Bangers where that big military base is.  Now, that was a trip.

 

But your stop went just the way I would imagine. It's not like a big deal infraction.  I'm just happy that they are getting where they sometimes bother to deal with roadway infractions.  We actually have crossing-police at intersections here trying to get people to obey the pedestrian rules.  I'm relatively impressed.  I do sometimes feel for the copper yelling at granny in her blue buggy trying to explain to her that she is driving the wrong way down the sidewalk,  haha,,,  that ol' boy is sure a lot more Zen than I could be ! 

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I don't know if they were traffic police or just wombles who were given a police uniform through family connections or whatever and told to stand on intersections and breathe exhaust fumes all day, but I had an encounter with them once. Or one of them at least.

 

I was standing at a set of lights waiting for the light to change to green so I could cross the road, and I swear I was the only one who was actually waiting - it was that point where the light was on the verge of changing and everyone was moving off even though it was still red, and this was an intersection like most others where at any given time probably 15 people are ignoring the lights and walking or driving through them while the cop picks his nose and does nothing at all, at this point in the lights cycle there must have been at least 30 people crossing.

 

So I was there sort of getting ready to move off the kerb, still hadn't moved, and this fat cop yells at me and says I can't cross the road and LAOWAI in Zhong Guo need to blah blah something I didn't understand or care about.

 

I said something like I'm not crossing the street, I'm standing here but they are (pointing at the crowd) and he just kept yelling at me. I was sort of laughing at the stupidity of the situation and saying look, look... and started pointing at people crossing and obviously not giving a shite about the fat useless cop.

 

Then I saw the light had changed, I started walking off and he tried to block me but I walked around him. He kept yelling at me, I ignored him just like everyone else seemed to be and that's my only experience with traffic cops.

 

If they ever stopped me for doing something wrong I'd respect their position and accept what they were saying but he just being a dick.

 

 

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I am unstoppable ... 

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Hotwater, you made a rookie mistake. You should never, under any circumstances reveal that you can understand or speak Chinese. It was good to see that you got off scott-free but playing the Dumb-Laowai-Ting-Bu-Dong card will make the inevitable too-hard-basket much closer.

Another advantage of being "ting bu dong" is that they will speak freely around you.

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yeah, I been 'done' by the police here.

 

took a 'short cut' and drove down the wrong side of the very main north south road, 3 lanes each side.

 

the police were waiting right there, zero escape. told me 200rmb and 3 demerit points, but i admitted i was wrong to do that so mr nice police  said, make it 50, zero demerits and be a good foreigner! seen the next guy caught and it was the argue yell and shout dude, i bet he got the 200 treatment!

 

Also, in one year i clocked up 52 demerit points, but i managed to 'deal with that' and only paid 500 rmb for those 19 tickets!

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by the fashion police because i didn't wear the ankle-breaking high-heel shoes most chinese women seem to wear in summer. I have a preference for good quality stylish Italian made comfortable shoes that last more that a few weeks, and are actually good for walking in.

 

'why you no wear nice shoes?'

'these are nice shoes and i don't want to break an ankle, ruin my posture or damage my spine'

Walking with 'duck feet' dragging seems to be the norm for Chinese women.

 

( i know - a trite answer)

 

 

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got done by the police listening to AC/DC and giving the middle finger to some guy that almost ran me off the road while on my ebike.

 

most of you know the story

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