Nick Papantonis

Multimedia Journalist

The Traffic Police

               Observation of the day: the Istanbul traffic police do not screw around.

               While I am unfamiliar about the details of their operations, they seem to drive around in gigantic rigs looking for cars parked illegally. When they find one, there may or may not be a ticket (I have yet to see one) but there’s definitely no boot on the wheel.

               Instead, they stop next to the offending vehicle and haul it onto the rig using conveyor belts. Once it’s up, they’re gone. We must have seen two or three within a relatively short time span today (and this isn’t the first time I’ve noticed the police at work).

               Tough luck for anyone who thought they found (or created) a perfect parking spot. That’s what you get when you break the rules in the crazy streets of Istanbul.


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