Its a good thing I’m not a salesperson of ball bearings and/or camera vests carting samples about the city. Since I got my new NIC (the process calls for longer blog post that I don’t have time to write) I’ve actually been stopped twice at a check point that had ignored me for months. Both at night (granted it was late – past 11pm on a week day) on the way back from fiancee’s. By the second time I had my NIC, charioteer’s license, insurance out with the doors unlocked, and the inside light on even before the constable came to my door. I was out of there in seconds.
Casual mention of the two checkpoint stops has brought forth a range of “advice” about how to avoid getting stopped. Some are plausible, others suspect. A few plain silly. Here’s the mixed bag:
- Drive on the inside lane
- Let a bunch of vehicles go ahead of you
- Drive a small call with no more than 2 passengers.
- Don’t drive alone
- Drive alone
- Drive before 11pm and after 6am
- Drive behind a large passenger vehicle – particularly a van
- Make sure you wash your chariot
- Don’t drive slow
- Drive below the speed limit
- Don’t look at the checkpoint
I’ve noticed that at the one check point I drive through the most, an assortment of vehicles get pulled over. Though its easy to think (without proper analysis) that its 3 wheelers and trucks/vans that get stopped because they are easy to recognise. But today I saw a flashy sliver limo/luxury car in there.
This particular check point (paved lay by, roof, lighting, and barriers with advertising) is operated by the Police (in traffic duty white cap cover and webbing). Oddly, there are no army uniforms. Only one constable at most with an oldish looking AK 47. In first world countries you’d get a breathalyzer test (had to add this link to lighten up). Far cry from the old timber sandbags and sand barrels of my childhood.
Still, its something to talk about between the cricket and the next attack. This is, after-all, a city of a minor third world country in a long profitable war. There is always something to talk about…