So Hugo Chavez purchases five new police cars, which were parading as a caravan towards the governor’s office at the state of Bolivar in Puerto Ordaz, when the policeman driving the head car of the caravan sees a policeman lying on the street (I kid you not), and slams the brakes.
A chain reaction ensues, and all five police cars are totaled.
Couldn’t make it up had I tried.
Gets even better!
Jungle Mom clarifies that “policia acostado” is Venezuelan slang for speed bump.
So the pileup happened when the lead car hit the speed bump.
This is almost as good as when Chavez attempted to deploy tanks to the Colombo-Venezuelan border, but they couldn’t get there because of a taxi driver strike.
The quintessence of efficiency.
Y por eso estan como estan…
Jungle Mom says
LOL! or not so funny really. Para que la gente sepa, en Venezuela decimos ‘policia acostado’ para un speed bump.
The speed bump DID have the desired effect of slowing down traffic.
This accident illustrated the difference between descriptive and prescriptive laws. Police in Venezuela realize there are laws written prohibiting accepting or soliciting bribes, but break these prescriptive laws with impunity. It was no accident that when I came to Venezuela to work, one of the first issues my supervisor discussed was how to finesse police bribes in expense accounts.
Descriptive laws regarding good driving are not written into statutes. There is no law that says a driver who leaves only one second between his car and the car in front of him will be fined XXX Bolivares Fuertes (Strong Bolivars: what money is called in Thugoslavia.) However, from decades and hundreds of millions of driving records, a descriptive law of driving says the odds are good that a driver leaving only a second between his car and the car in front of him will run into the car in front.
Lynn B says
You’re right Fausta, you just can’t make this stuff up. LOL
marc in calgary says
ahhhh, I read this at http://www.therealcuba.com the initial reports did describe a policeman on the road…
but a google images search for “sleeping policeman” tells the tale!
good catch Jungle Mom…
Pat Patterson says
At least now we know that Toyota brakes are failing in both capitalist and wannabe socialist countries around the world.