Zihua Transit Police

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, September 16, 2017, 08:43 (612 days ago) @ Pete and Wendy

After nearly 20 years of visiting the area and now living here, we had our 1st encounter with the Z transit cops yesterday. I made a U-turn on a green light in front of the bus station instead of waiting for the green arrow (my mistake). Immediately got pulled over by the "Transit" car I often see sitting in wait there. He pulled me over, he told me what I did wrong and of course I pleaded my case to no avail. Our Spanish is still in the "aprendiendo" stage but I soon realized he wanted a pay-off to void the stop. $1,200.00 MXN later, I drove off. My question is, he said pay or follow him to the police station. If I had followed him, would I have gotten off cheaper or worse? Thanks for any feedback! I grew up in the land of the "Sopranos" (NJ); so, hoods are second nature to me. But have never been shaken down here yet. And who does control (for a lack of better word)the transit police?

I'm surprised after 20 years you don't speak better Spanish or read the local papers, because if you did you would know that that particular intersection and the cops monitoring it have made the news several times this year for their extortionist practices. If you want to live in a place with a rule of law, then it's up to you to set an example. You should've told the cop to give you the ticket. The only reason he was going to "take you to the station" was because he believed you were a tourist and that you would be intimidated. The man knows his psychology! It worked. Anyone else would've had their placa removed and gotten a ticket.

The chief of the Tránsitos was murdered in broad daylight last Monday in the busy intersection in front of the ayuntamiento. The presidente municipal is in charge of the department, but good luck getting his attention. None of us in El Centro or La Madera have had any luck for the two years he's been in office.

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