Romanian Police to Take Anti-Bribe Classes

Ever since the invention of traffic police, one of two things has happened to the unlucky driver that gets caught speeding, running a red light or simply giving the finger to another driver: he either gets fined, or has to pay some dough to escape with his driver license in his pocket. Either way, he loses money.

In the countries that until not long ago, historically speaking, have been kept behind the Iron Curtain, democracy brought with it unprecedented levels of corruption. Meaning that, if you need something done, or something forgiven, you discretely place a few notes in the hand or pocket of the government figure that can do something about it.

The corruption is a plague when we're talking about traffic police in countries like Romania or Bulgaria. But at least, the government authorities are trying to do something about it.

Since all the stings, all the chases, penalties and even jail time have managed to do little to diminish this plague, the Romanians thought it's time to treat the cause of the disease, and not its effects. Can you guess what that cause is?

According to several Romanian publications, members of the police departments in the Giurgiu county (the one that, coincidentally, is located at the border with Bulgaria, another bribe heaven) will be taken to classes and taught how to resist the drivers' attempts to pay their way out of trouble.

Because, you see, it's not the cop to blame for the unlawful bills that make their way into his pocket, and not the government's vault. The driver is to blame, because through brain washing techniques and carefully studied body language postures, manages to convince the otherwise incorruptible officer to get his hands dirty.
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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