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traffic ticket in Mexico City

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My wife and i got back from a 1 week stay in Puebla. We rented a car when we came into Mexico City and had a hell of a time with the driving (especially within the center) pedestrians/bikes spilling into the street , unexpected lane endings, no street markings, and everyone honking at you was chaotic. (don't get me started on the roundabouts)... you guys tried to warn me about this but it wasn't a huge deal.

Aside for that we didn't have any problems with the drive into or within Puebla. On the way to the airport however i ran into a problem. At a weird intersection there was a large tour bus that was blocking traffic and i needed to get into the lane that was on the other side of it. I ended up running a red light in doing so and was motioned to pull over by two traffic enforcement officers standing by the side of the road. I say they were traffic officers because even though they looked like cops they didn't have guns or badges. Plus i could make out traffic authority on their uniforms. With my limited spanish i gathered that i had run a red light, didn't use my blinkers (which nobody did), and crossed 4 lanes of traffic. While the latter was debatable he explained that he was taking my license and told me to pay a fine. He added it up on a ledger pad (not by any means an official document) and said i owed 4,200 mexican pesos. There were several other drivers licenses in this ledger btw. He told me i would pay at the police station. Frustrating and running out of time i asked if i could pay him. I told him i had credit card and only 20 mexican pesos. He directed me to a Walmart that was literally 30 meters away and explained that there was an ATM inside. My wife and i pulled the cash and had to settle up with a different individual. We gave him a different amount than what we were told to pay and he said this was ok. No receipt...... he told us to drive safe and directed us to the road that led to the airport. Common practice? I'm guessing it was a 4,000 peso donation and these guys ate well that night

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