Seeing those flashing lights in your rear view mirror is never fun. But when you are in another country? Way worse!
Tell it to the Judge.
You may have heard this advise already – if you are stopped for speeding, driving through a stop sign, drinking and driving etc. Do not try to resolve things curbside. Meaning don’t pay the fine to the officer. Follow the police down to the station and resolve things in front of the Judge.
This is especially important if you think that you really did nothing wrong. Specific infractions carry a set fine. If you think you are being taken advantage of, the true cost is listed at the station.
I mean, if you are stopped in the US, you will never have the option to resolve things that very day in front of a judge. The difference in cost for a fine in Mexico versus the US is dramatically lower as well.
But it’s a speed trap. And?
At various times, the local police will be out in force, pulling people over left and right. Maybe you rolled through this same stop sign a hundred times before, just like everyone. Maybe they stopped you while letting dozens of locals drive by doing the very same thing. Doesn’t matter. As an officer in Phoenix once told me, “I can’t stop everyone, but I got you.”
Do they stop the person who looks likely to be able to pay the fine, rather that the guy driving the 30 year old car missing a window with 10 pesos in the gas tank? I would.
For good or bad, Rocky Point has changed. Some of what is most attractive about being here has always been the sense of freedom, of having less rules to follow. That still is the case. Mostly. For example, I never thought smoking in a bar would be outlawed as it is in the States, but now it is applied religiously.
And don’t drive drunk. You used to be able to get away with it easily. As everywhere, better (and safer for everyone) to take a cab or let someone else drive.
Most traffic stops are not attempts to bribe you. It is often suggested that you can resolve things by offering 200 pesos to take care of things right there. Maybe. But most of the police are not looking for the “mordida”.
The local Comandante of the Police Force published a flyer with contact information to report a case of police abuse from a traffic stop.
A year or so ago a number of complaints like this lead to officers being fired.
Make it official.
The point here is ‘official complaint’. There needs to bean official complaint to do anything for a bad situation that you may be involved in. Call 638 388 0423 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.