I spent a couple glorious days in Boquete, which I will write up later.
The “STUPID” reference is related to our return to David around 8:00 PM last night. Before we got to Dolega, we saw flashing lights and a stream of car headlights. The first thought that ran through my mind was that there had been an accident and the road was blocked..
A couple minutes later, I realized that it was a traffic check point and they were stopping all cars going in both directions.
When I got to the officer, he asked to see my drivers license, which I provided. He took it and walked to the back of the car and looked at the license plate. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am still waiting on the municipal office to get in my January tag.
The officer came back and asked to see the permission slip for having an expired tag, which I produced.
He looked at it and told me to pull ahead and to the side of the road so that other cars could pass. He then took my drivers license and the permission letter from the municipal office to another officer.
The second officer, a female, came to the car and informed me that the permission letter was expired and asked to see the receipt for paying for the 2010 tags. With this she said since this was the first time I had been stopped, that I needed to go Monday and obtain a new permission letter to drive with expired tags.
There is no way to look at this but just being plain stupid. This is the second year in a row that the municipal office has not had my January tag when I went to get them. I paid for the tag and the fact that it is not on the car is not mine, but the fault of some part of the Panama government.
If you are driving around with expired tags and have a permission letter permitting you to drive with expired tags, don’t think you are safe from being annoyed.
Come to think of it, I may be the reason that the road blocks were out last night. I wonder if the driver of the car, I took the photo of, and other cars that I have seen driving with expired tags, have permission letters and just never went back to get the new tag. Hmmmmmm.
Well, this rant is over. Now go out and have a wonderful day. I will.
UPDATE: I added the Crime tag to this post due to the comment received below.