I am tired of traffic cops


I don’t like cops. No. I am generally law abiding not necessarily because I am a good person ๐Ÿ˜€but because breaking the law is expensive. But I hate our traffic police and the courts that deal with traffic offences.

I swear these two groups don’t exist to make our lives better. First, the traffic cops will take every opportunity to extort you for an infraction and because going to the courts is generally a tiring prospect, people would rather part with money in form of a bribe that the humiliation of the court process.

You recall I have once written about the speed cops who would flag you down for driving 5kph above the posted speed limit and threaten to take you to court or waste your whole day until you bribe them. What difference does it make if I drive 5kph faster in an area where there are no pedestrian crossings or a market?

The traffic courts are worse. You go to court at 9 only for your case to be mentioned at 11 or 12. A whole day wasted just because of a minor infraction.

If you ask me, our legal system and the traffic department are not concerned with road safety rather they are opportunities for government to get money from us over and above what it takes in the name of tax. Or for the police officers to line their pockets with in the name of bribes.

Maybe we should abolish the police!

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

51 thoughts on “I am tired of traffic cops

  1. Rather puts meaning to the term corrupt.

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  2. Barry says:

    Corrupt police probably exist in every jurisdiction. Fortunately they are very rare around here. Here if you get a traffic infringement, you simply pay the fine at the nearest courthouse. You can even pay via the Internet. You only attend court if you wish to dispute the infringement. BTW we have a 3km/hr over the limit tolerance, so your 5 seems generous ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    • makagutu says:

      Are the fines fixed or depends on the mood of the judge?
      Some of the speed limits posted here I think are impractical. I don’t even know what informs them ( I have asked my engineer friends & they say they don’t know)

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  3. Barry says:

    Speeding infringements are a fixed scale. You. Need to get to offenses such as dangerous or careless driving, driving while intoxicated, driving without a licence etc, which are crimes and not infringements before you must appear before a judge. At sentencing judges have some amount of discretion, but here, precedent set at previous trials must also be taken into consideration.

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    • makagutu says:

      The only improvement in our traffic laws is you don’t have to carry your license. The police can confirm its validity online.
      You appear before a judge only if you cannot agree with the police on a bribe.

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      • Barry says:

        As I’ve mentioned before we’re the least corrupt nation in the world, and the offering, request or acceptance of a bribe will very quickly land you in hot water. I’m curious about the fact that you don’t need to carry your licence while driving. How else can the police know who you are? We didn’t use to have to carry our drivers licence while driving until relatively recently when they were re-issued with photographs. If you’re stopped while driving and don’t have your licence, it’ll probably mean a trip to the nearest police station until your identity can be confirmed.

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        • makagutu says:

          All you need is your national id. They will key the number into an app and verify your driving licence.
          As to offering or receiving bribes, that’s the way of life here; starts with the office of the president and ends at the lowest rung of authority

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          • Barry says:

            Ah, I understand now. There’s no such thing as a national ID here. When the drivers licence with photo ID was introduced here, the commotion and noise over claims that it was Big Brother in action and that we were becoming a police state was extremely loud. I keep my drivers licence in the car, so have no means of identification when I’m not in it.

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  4. Mordanicus says:

    Though I am no fan of the police, I believe we need some kind of police. Of course, corruption of police officers is bad and should be addressed (for starters, by paying them a decent salary). Also I am in favor of the UK model of unarmed police officers.

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  5. Arkenaten says:

    One doesn’t have to be breaking the law to be pulled over by traffics cops.
    It’s often a case of : ”You looking at me funny, pal?”
    You’ll enjoy this ….South African Trevor Noah on Traffic Cops.

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    • makagutu says:

      I think this is no different from our cops. When you are flagged down by an officer, the possibilities are many but don’t include getting shot at. It is always about court, bribe or on rare occasions being left to go without paying anything

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  6. jim- says:

    Traffic cops writing tickets is the same as the toll booth at the state parks…to pay for the toll takers to sit there. Panama traffic is crazy and fast, like a good symphony. People flow with it, speeding, slowing, no turn signals, , in and out up and down and itโ€™s smooth as glass. Our moral compass could learn something from it.

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  7. Here’s what you need to do. Tell the President of Ukraine that you’ll send him some missiles if he can dig up some dirt on the cops in your area. Then have him send said info to local papers and have the cops reps smeared in public. This is how we do things in America, and, so far, it’s been working wonderfully for us. Wouldn’t change a thing.

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  8. renudepride says:

    Your simple solution makes all the sense in the world to me! Let’s abolish the legal enforcement idiots and incarcerate them all! Naked hugs! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. I’d be angry too.

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  10. Ron says:

    Around here bribery is severely frowned upon. Nonetheless, the traffic cops’ number one priority in most jurisdictions is to generate as much revenue for the city as possible under the guise that it’s purely for the purpose of increasing road safety.

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  11. basenjibrian says:

    The idea that people piloting multi-tons of plastic and metal at high rates of speed are somehow oppressed and need more FREE-DUMB is ludicrous to me. And, as others have noted, cops are often corrupt because they are paid sub-living wage salaries. Sorry, Maka, I’m going to be the dissenter here. Too many (American) drivers are careless, distracted, and very, very entitled. Any person (say…a cyclist) who slows them down in their so very important trip to Wal Mart or the bar is a unamerican criminal who deserves to be blasted with a cloud of black smoke. (Google…Rolling Coal).

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  12. Retrotek Australia / Nz says:

    Reblogged this on Road safety Mornington Peninsula and commented:
    that is funny

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  13. OKONKWO BEN CHINEDU says:

    Really.

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