police checkpoint | Checkpoint

Nicaragua

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113.3 masl
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Flip Flop Cowboy

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Officer stopped us and tried to say my US driver's license wasn't good after 3 days in Nicaragua (we'd been there four) and that there would be a fine unless we gave him money for coffee.

We made it clear we didn't think it was a real regulation and used extra poor Spanish while remaining polite and he gave up.

Our first bribery attempt in 8 months on the road.

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DO NOT HAND OVER ANY ORIGINAL PAPERWORK OR LICENSES. Attempted bribery. Told me my license wasn’t good, my insurance wasn’t good and that my license plate was incorrect.

With confidence, I told him everything is correct and he’s not the first police officer to check my paper work. Let us go after 15 minutes of stalling.

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No checkpoint visible. Sunday Morning...

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No check point for us there today - Sunday 11.44 am

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Nobody here today. Wednesday 17:45h. Z

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nothing was there today at 1 pm...........

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Drove through, but no one here today.
Time: 10 am.

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We got stopped and they tried to get us to pay for not having an orange triangle in the car. He said he was going to keep the license, I told him he was not allowed to and in the regulations it says we need to have a ticket written and we pay it at the bank. He said he would keep the license until we got back, I told him he was not allowed and he got angry and said he would ask his boss. He came back and told us we could go and said have a nice trip. (This whole interaction was in Spanish they seem to speak no english.)

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They were here again, we were driving in a little convoy of three cars. A semi was in front of us and he signaled us to overtake. The police waited and flagged us all down and wanted to fine us because we crossed the solid line.
Luckily one of our convoy is retired French police, after mentioning this they let us all go.
Be careful on this stretch with overtaking, they also had a radar gun.

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I just drove from Managua to Leon. There was nothing here today at 1 PM.

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Officer stopped us and tried to say my US driver's license wasn't good after 3 days in Nicaragua (we'd been there four) and that there would be a fine unless we gave him money for coffee.

We made it clear we didn't think it was a real regulation and used extra poor Spanish while remaining polite and he gave up.

Our first bribery attempt in 8 months on the road.

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