Wednesday, June 16, 2004


Enforcing the traffic laws.
Traffic police are cracking down on the reckless driving that has thrived on the chaos and congestion that followed last year's U.S.-led invasion with new fines, car confiscations and a media campaign to restore a degree of order.

"We'll return the rule of law to the streets," traffic police Director-General Brigadier Jasim Tahir told Reuters.

"Only this morning I caught someone driving the wrong way down the road, and told my men to arrest him," said the police chief, who sports a pistol in a white leather holster.

"We confiscated his car for 10 days. Now he'll have to walk to work. Every time his legs ache he'll remember not to break the law," Tahir said, speaking at traffic police headquarters.

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