13 April 2017
We have had our first shakedown with the Mexican police! Bruce accidently made an illegal left turn in our rental car, and the next thing you know we have two motorcycle police parked behind us. Hummmmmmm. Officer – “Sir, do you know what you did wrong?”. Bruce - “honestly, haven’t a clue”. Turns out left hand turns should be made from the far right lane only, not the left lane and only when there is an inconspicuous green arrow. Sigh. After the officer collected his license (license to be retrieved at city hall after payment of 2800 pesos) in five days (Easter weekend), the whining from Gina and Elaine started. After much discussion, the “fee” of 1400 pesos was paid and the license returned. No paperwork, as he didn’t have his receipt book. We later learned that 200 pesos is the customary “fee” for all traffic violations. Now we know. And now we know how to make left turns!!!