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Monday
Oct102011

Mimes Hired to Act Like Traffic Cops in Venezuela

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CARACAS, Venezuela) -- Instead of a crackdown to tame its unruly drivers, cops in Venezuela’s capital have taken a crack-’em-up approach.

Newly-trained mimes, dressed in clown-like costumes complete with face paint and white gloves, descended on busy intersections in the city’s eastern district of Sucre starting last week, and urged pedestrians and drivers to obey traffic rules.

Some silently mocked drivers, miming to those behind the wheel to buckle up, or gestured to motorcyclists to stop at the red light in front of them. Others chastised jaywalkers or helped pedestrians cross the street.

While the approach may seem odd, it’s a traffic-taming effort that has proven successful in other Latin American countries, including Colombia’s traffic-ridden capital of Bogota.

Carlos Ocariz, the mayor of Sucre, said he turned to the mimes to encourage civility.

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