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    Posted November 8, 2010 by
    loupiote
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    La Paz, Bolivia

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    Traffic Zebras in La Paz (Bolivia)

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     loupiote visited La Paz, Bolivia in March 2010 and came across the 'traffic zebras' -- young people paid by the city to enforce traffic laws and help pedestrians cross the street. 'They jump in front of the traffic as soon as the lights go red, and rely on the fact that bus drivers will see them ... they play with people and with the bus drivers, making a show and dancing, and because it is entertaining, bus drivers (and pedestrians) obey them,' he said. 'It appears to be a working solution to reduce traffic gridlocks in central La Paz.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    In La Paz (Bolivia), the city hires young men and women who dress-up as Zebras and try to force cars and busses to respect traffic lights (which they normally don't respect). Zebras jump in front of busses as soon as the lights go red, forcing them to stop. They also try to teach pedestrians that they should wait until the light is red for the cars before crossing. To be a traffic Zebra in Bolivia is probably the most dangerous job on earth.

     

    Now I understand why pedestrian crossings are called "zebra crossings"!



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