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Traffic Mimes

traffic cops! The traffic situation in Caracas, Venezuela is so bad that
the mayor called in the heavy guns: traffic mimes.

You read that right:

A sort of silent shame has cropped up in South American cities,
as officials plead with both drivers and pedestrians to obey traffic
laws by using the antics of hired mimes.

And why not? Nearly everyone looks at a mime, especially when
dressed in a brightly colored getup while eagerly making fun of people
on the side of a busy street. The latest effort has about 120 mimes
on the downtown streets of Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, making a (silent)
scene any time a driver or pedestrian disobeys a traffic rule.

(Photo: Ariana Cubillos)

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October 23rd, 2011

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