Bulgaria Interior Ministry Busts Corrupt Traffic Cops

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Bulgaria Interior Ministry Busts Corrupt Traffic Cops: Bulgaria Interior Ministry Busts Corrupt Traffic Cops The Bulgarian Interior Ministry conducted Monday an overnight check-up of 11 traffic patrols and established numerous violations. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

A traffic police patrol was caught in Sofia Monday morning with two radars in their car.

The policemen, who were monitoring traffic violations on the "Botevgradsko Shosse" street, have been immediately taken off duty and are currently investigated.

The bust is part of the checkup of traffic patrols conducted overnight by Bulgaria's Interior Ministry in Sofia, Burgas, Stara Zagora, and Plovdiv.

A total of 11 patrols have been checked and several violations were established involving mostly technical equipments such as radars and DUI devices. One radar was found missing from the patrol car while the police employee on duty offered the explanation that the equipment was being repaired. The case is also under investigation.

The Interior Ministry informs that the checkups will continue and will be held all over the country.

 

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#13
fishbrain - 21 Apr 2009 // 15:23:44

Thanks for the info :) Nice one to know next time we get stopped- "Is this your legal or illegal radar gun officer?"

#12
JKS - 21 Apr 2009 // 11:50:25

Thanks for the additional info. It is very interesting :)

Good job on the follow up!

#11
Funny - 21 Apr 2009 // 10:29:10

Dear Forum Participants,
Having two radars in the patrol car means one is registered and used legally, the other one is used off the record i.e. the cops just harass speeding drivers and use it to get cash that goes in their pockets. Same for missing radars or DUI devices – they are used privately somewhere.
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#10
fishbrain - 20 Apr 2009 // 21:00:19

Montana-Vidin

There are 2 possible ways to get to Montana from Vratza and if you travelled in either roads a few times you will know the Police are stationed in the same place every time. The bet thing to do is always before entering the towns to make sure some fast car overtakes you ;)

#9
fishbrain - 20 Apr 2009 // 20:58:04

If someone knows where the corruption was in the article I will also be happy to know it. Did they imply that the faulty radars were used to extort money from dirvers?

I know that a corrupt Traffic Policeman can do about 1000 things to get cash from you.I had a friend who had a cop who tried to charge him with every possible violation and the last one was- not having the emergency vest- but he did. The cop gave up and let him go.

So I am asking- exactly what does the story imply?

#8
DeuBug - 20 Apr 2009 // 20:05:56

Yeah the Interior Ministry should come up to Montana/Vidin in an unmarked car. The local cops will be waiting with outstretched hands! I was stopped 3 times last Wednesday evening. I know the way to avoid forking out any dough but know others who have allowed themselves to be intimidated.

#7
NellieotAmerica - 20 Apr 2009 // 20:01:54

JKS

HAHAHAHA! What do you think? A questions you could easily answer yourself.

#6
JKS - 20 Apr 2009 // 19:59:41

"You definitely have the right sense of humor for Happy Hour"

Are you referring to mine or are your starting early today :)

#5
NellieotAmerica - 20 Apr 2009 // 19:55:18

JKS

"Unless you are confusing my lack of reading comprehension with sarcasm."

You definitely have the right sense of humor for Happy Hour. lol

#4
JKS - 20 Apr 2009 // 19:51:09

Unless you are confusing my lack of reading comprehension with sarcasm.

People often confuse my stupidity with sarcasm and wittiness. I guess my nick looks smarter than it is :)

#3
JKS - 20 Apr 2009 // 19:44:34

I am? How so?

#2
NellieotAmerica - 20 Apr 2009 // 19:24:41

JKS

You are surprisingly bitter this morning. lol

#1
JKS - 20 Apr 2009 // 19:09:28

Can someone help me fill in the blanks. Where is the corruption in the story?

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