On thing that always amazes foreigners here, who are used to more proactive policing, is the brazen way in which drivers simply commit traffic violations right in front of policemen, who simply ignore them. Yesterday I happened upon an accident near my house. As I waited behind a long line of cars, two cars sped down the opposite lane, went to the front, waited in the opposite lane for the light to turn green (thus blocking all right turns from the crossing traffic), then made a right turn across the front of the entire line of waiting cars. Because of the high volume of traffic turning left, cars on our side of the road were pinned to their places and forced to wait until the next green before they could move. This of course leads to the other question: what kind of mentality could behave in such a manner, both towards others, and with a policeman right in front of them?
The next red brought a motorcycle here crossing the street illegally, against the light, as the policeman next to him writes up his report between the two vehicles, the white car and the green car. You'd think that the two damaged vehicles might act as a warning to the errant motorcyclist, but to that driver evidently they are merely an impediment.
Here he speeds through the crossing traffic, some of which has stopped to gawk.
At last my turn comes, and I plunge into the maelstrom. Scooters ignore the lights as they weave through the crossing traffic.
The police were measuring along this side of the road, indicating that at least one of the vehicles was traveling on the same road as myself, though in the opposite direction. My wife and I puzzled for quite some time over how the cars ended up in their final positions.