August 9, 2007

I have been to Brazil a dozen or so times, on both business and pleasure. Can you tell me, why do the police drive around with their lights always flashing? I asked a local this one time, and was told ‘it is to warn the criminals they are coming’. Please clarify this for me.

Thank you, Frank

Frank, Frank…

This was something I wondered myself until I actually asked a cop about it. He frowned at my question and told me ‘only’ the cars on duty have permission to drive around with the lights flashing; which means the ones on a 190 call.

Interesting…

Beijos pra voc,

V. Bauer

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