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Where is the enforcement

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 08:11 (13 days ago) @ jay

What is the point of having these "rules" if there is no enforcement?


Often the point is to make a moral statement about anti-social behavior that irritates community standards. And moral statements do have some value. Some behaviors, though, like spitting on the sidewalk or walking your dog on the beach, are minor enough that any legal sanctions might be too harsh, or even counterproductive.

Other regulations might be on the books to allow officials leeway to enforce or not as they choose. Like here in the states where having a burned out license plate light is illegal in most places. Minor enough, especially since reflective plates have been universal for many years and have made such lights irrelevant. But these regulations remain principally to allow cops to legally stop someone when they don't have any other legitimate reason. I've been stopped twice for that flimsy excuse, different cars and ten years apart. And ultimately both were solely because I was profiled.

Or a lack of enforcement may indicate that there just aren't enough resources or will to enforce regulations, even relatively major violations.

Or it may indicate a power structure that simply loves throwing its weight around.

Wow! Nice analysis, but pretty irrelevant here.

The reason laws aren't enforced including the theft of land is because politicians don't want to lose any votes. Recently our mayor announced he will "regularizar" another TWENTY-FIVE COLONIAS IRREGULARES, i.e. squatters communities. Instead of arresting them for land theft or at the very least removing them, the squatters will be REWARDED. They will garner the mayor hundreds if not thousands of votes in his bid for re-election. Makes me want to just run up the hillside, stake me a claim on some land with a lovely view, let some poor family stay on it for appearances sake until it's regularized, then sell it and make a tidy sum with practically no investment. That's what's been going on for decades on our hillsides, often with the help of well meaning but misguided foreigners caught in the middle of something they don't understand.

Traffic laws, well, first you have to know the law, and most Tránsitos haven't a clue what they are, and they also don't carry firearms so they're scared to pull strangers over or apply any laws on their own. That's what the retenes with police or Guardia Nacional are for. But the Tránsitos aren't afraid of extorting local drivers who look harmless.

The Guardia Nacional are making a difference, but just barely, and they still aren't like local cops who know the area, but they're learning.


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