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Stopping for a Cop's Back, Madagascar

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Stopping for a Cop’s Back, Madagascar

The chances are slim that you’ll be traveling anytime soon to Madagascar. Slimmer still are the chances that you’ll be renting a car. After all, the State Department advises that you avoid driving outside Antananarivo, the capital, after dark for any number of reasons, including terrible roads and banditry. Nonetheless, if you do decide to drive there, remember that when a policeman at an intersection has his back to you, you must stop.

Penalty: In a nation where the average income of residents is less than $250 a year, your fine will likely be insignificant. But do you really want to tick off an underpaid traffic cop in Madagascar?

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