Driving Outside of San Salvador & Bribery?
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Apr 26, 2013 6:23 PM Last Post By: RayitoG
Mar 28, 2013 12:58 PM
Driving Outside of San Salvador & Bribery?I'm toying with renting a car for a couple of days to go down to El Cuco as traveling by bus seems to involve a lot of bus switches.
Outside of the bikes, pedestrians, animals on the road, passing drivers going at high speed around corners, etc are there any other things to watch for? I hear that the roads are some of the best in Central America and it looks like pretty major roads are the only way to get to El Cuco.
I hear a lot about police corruption in Mexico and Honduras with travelers being stopped for various supposed traffic offenses with essentially a shakedown for money (la mordida?). In fact, I have encountered it personally between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Mexico so I know it happens.
What's the reputation of El Salvador police for tourists being hassled for bribes? I don't see much literature on this.
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Apr 22, 2013 7:36 AM
5The lack of bribes in ES is the best thing here. There's a push for anti-corruption so if you do get hassled at all, you just ask the police officer for their identification # and name. If they stop you for a reason, they have to be able to show you written documentation that says you were breaking a law, many of them have booklets on them. On the negative side, if you are breaking a law, there is no bribing your way out of it. But I much prefer that to being stopped constantly for bribes! Driving in the city has it's own rules, but just stay defensive and you'll be right!
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