Colombia Bans Male Pillions

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How about radical laws? Here's one in Colombia, to be enforced from the 30th of November, making it illegal for motorcyclists to ride with male pillions. Yep, you read it right: male passengers are not allowed on motorcycles starting November 30 2012 until January 30 2013.
No less than 10 mayors in the Abura Valley area are planning to enforce this new law in an attempt to limit the criminal offenses in the region. Colombian statistics claim that 20% of thefts and 17% of homicides are carried out by pillions and armed passengers, respectively.

It's still unclear how the police will react as more than 4.5 million people are riding motorcycles on a daily basis in Colombia, and helmets are mandatory, often making seeing whether the passenger is a male or a female literally impossible. Even more, there are a lot of casual guys with no criminal plans who just ride two-up as a cheaper transportation solution.

The Colombian law is already quite strict, with riders having to wear hi-viz vests and the registration number of their bikes painted on the helmets. Remains to be seen whether this weird law will turn out good results or will just cause abuse and a lot of nervous honest citizens.
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