Traffic cops

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Stop!

 My coffee hang-out buzzed with a little more activity than usual. Tables and chairs had been rearranged for maximum outside viewing, as though a panel of judges were rating a fashion or talent show. Even a street vender grilled corn out front, speculating that a curious crowd would gather. The patrons were being entertained by two uniformed policemen stopping traffic violators across the street, something rarely seen in the streets of Nha Trang (unfortunately).

One officer pointed a black and white baton to single out on-coming violators and blew a sharp whistle while directing them to the curb. I didn't see anyone play ignorant or try to make a run for it. All obeyed  the command.

Busted taxi driver
Most of the law-breakers were motorbikes, by their sheer numbers, but it was a quiet, personal pleasure to see several taxis and regular cars pulled aside as well. Those road jockeys and bus drivers tend to be the most dangerous for their inconsiderate high speeds through populated areas and arrogant insistence of the right-of-way. The number of cars has increased dramatically in recent years, all speeding into a slower paced world raised on motorbikes. The vast majority of their drivers seem neither trained nor supervised during the reckless transition. It was especially nice to see a few of those hot shots temporarily put into their place.

All the offenders presented a driver's license and registration papers. There were five or six pacing the sidewalk at any given time, waiting on the second officer who sat at a portable table issuing citations. It looked like at least one offender paid a fine on the spot.

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Stop!
Stop!
Busted taxi driver
Busted taxi driver
Cops and corn
Cops and corn
Traffic stop
Traffic stop
A Nha Trang pull-over
A Nha Trang pull-over
Nha Trang
photo by: rotorhead85