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    Friday a Friend and I returned from Bonao to Santiago/ Pop via the toll highway. I Got off the Tamboril exot on the highway. My friend stayed on, heading to Puerto Plata. After going through the toll, he was told to pull over by PN. They already had another "gringo" pulled over as well.

    Not sure of the exact details. But my understanding is they said he did something illegal. Also, ask him to produce a fire extingusher. Which he could not. They said in liue of 2 tickets they would except 5k pesos. He said take him to station, they declined. However, after 30. He offered 2k. They settled on 3k.

    My friend has lived here off and on for close to 15 years. He knows how carry himself here. He said the officers were young. Didnt even have Guns yet. But it was definately a gringo shake.

    This thread is not intended to start a debate of how to handle the situation. Just an informative thread for those who travel the highway.

    I went and bought my fire extinguisher today. Im guessing I need a whole road side hazard kit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don PISTOLAS View Post
    Friday a Friend and I returned from Bonao to Santiago/ Pop via the toll highway. I Got off the Tamboril exot on the highway. My friend stayed on, heading to Puerto Plata. After going through the toll, he was told to pull over by PN. They already had another "gringo" pulled over as well.

    Not sure of the exact details. But my understanding is they said he did something illegal. Also, ask him to produce a fire extingusher. Which he could not. They said in liue of 2 tickets they would except 5k pesos. He said take him to station, they declined. However, after 30. He offered 2k. They settled on 3k.

    My friend has lived here off and on for close to 15 years. He knows how carry himself here. He said the officers were young. Didnt even have Guns yet. But it was definately a gringo shake.

    This thread is not intended to start a debate of how to handle the situation. Just an informative thread for those who travel the highway.

    I went and bought my fire extinguisher today. Im guessing I need a whole road side hazard kit?
    that is a shakedown. this does not even merit debate. 100% gangsterism, which has no defense. i wonder what percentage of motorists have even seen a fire extinguisher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don PISTOLAS View Post
    Friday a Friend and I returned from Bonao to Santiago/ Pop via the toll highway. I Got off the Tamboril exot on the highway. My friend stayed on, heading to Puerto Plata. After going through the toll, he was told to pull over by PN. They already had another "gringo" pulled over as well.

    Not sure of the exact details. But my understanding is they said he did something illegal. Also, ask him to produce a fire extingusher. Which he could not. They said in liue of 2 tickets they would except 5k pesos. He said take him to station, they declined. However, after 30. He offered 2k. They settled on 3k.

    My friend has lived here off and on for close to 15 years. He knows how carry himself here. He said the officers were young. Didnt even have Guns yet. But it was definately a gringo shake.

    This thread is not intended to start a debate of how to handle the situation. Just an informative thread for those who travel the highway.

    I went and bought my fire extinguisher today. Im guessing I need a whole road side hazard kit?
    Might be a good idea just in case. You need an extinguisher, red triangle, first aid kit, and a reflective vest.

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    Thanks. Looks like Ill be making a trip to La Sirena tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don PISTOLAS View Post
    Thanks. Looks like Ill be making a trip to La Sirena tomorrow!
    I "bit the bullet" awhile ago - just in case.

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    By law you are required to have a fire-extinguisher and a first aid kit in your vehicle, if you don't you are in violation of the law, quite simple in my opinion.
    When you're at it, buy yourself a dash cam and when you are stopped, aim the cam at the officer and tell him he is being recorded....works like a charm for those "scams"...but only when everything is in order!

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    Sadly, the PN here in Santiago act like criminals.

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    While it is true that those items are needed PN has no jurisdiction in traffic issues. They could only pull you over (legally that is) if they are pursuing you for a crime i.e. drugs and then they an search the vehicle. I had that happen once. Watch very carefully as you don't want any drugs (not your own) to suddenly appear in the vehicle.
    PN are the biggest ladrones in the country, next to the politicians of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CristoRey View Post
    Sadly, the PN here in Santiago act like criminals.
    They *are* criminals. Not all and they do have a purpose, but they are just as much a criminal element ad the tigueres.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavok View Post
    Might be a good idea just in case. You need an extinguisher, red triangle, first aid kit, and a reflective vest.
    And at least one emergency flare. They have use before dates so you can substitute them for fireworks on New Year's Eve and other National holidays.....

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