Off topic - security roadchecks

by HolyMole @, Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 18:02 (289 days ago) @ islandgirl

Off topic, but that taxi checkpoint on the road heading south out of Zihua reminds me of a similar experience heading from the airport into Belfast, Northern Ireland in the late 70s, during "the Troubles". It was around midnight, and four of us were sharing a taxi. Right in the middle of nowhere, the taxi stopped and turned off his headlights. No explanation why. Then, after a few seconds, he advanced slowly, still in total darkness. After perhaps 100 yards, we reached a British army checkpoint, which itself was in almost total darkness. The 8 or 10 heavily-armed soldiers checked us out, opened the hood and trunk, etc., then placed mirrors on long poles under the car, looking for explosives. The taxi driver later explained that the checkpoint must be approached in total darkness because to do so using regular headlights would expose the "Tommies" to possible sniper fire.

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