Nearly a couple weeks ago, I posted an article in reference to the traffic police being allowed to stop foreigners. Well, since that time, I have only heard of one case of a foreigner being stopped by the traffic police.
Today I was riding from District 4 to District 1. As I was turning, I was forced by a truck to go through a red light (it was either go or get run over). As I was going through the red light, I saw a traffic policeman looking straight at me. I thought it was strange but I realized that he let me off the hook for going through a red light.
What I did not know was that I forgot to put on my helmet. This has not happened to me before. In fact, I had left my helmet back at the consulting firm I worked at today. So when I left the gate, I just left without grabbing my helmet. It was not until I got to Au Parc that I realized I forgot to put on my helmet. The parking guards thought it was funny that I was trying to take off an invisible helmet off of my head 🙂
Anyway, to make a matters short, I broke two laws in front of the traffic police today. Surprised me. Maybe they we scared by my ninja mask? I am wondering if they will contact my friend who registered my motorbike. If so, I will pay for the fines, definitely.
I am wondering that they may have let me go because I have a northern number. You do not see many northern registered motorbikes getting pulled over in Saigon.
Wear your helmet, obey the laws! Do not be a hypocrite like I was today 🙂