Corrupted municipal and state police officers | Checkpoint

Mexico

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Update 2: We got ripped of at this spot by the state police on September 20 2018. We speak fluent Spanish and have no front plates - didn’t help us. They searched the car for 10 minutes just to find something and we ended up paying 1000 Pesos. It’s just for tourists. Honestly, we recommend avoiding this spot because they will always find a reason for charging you.

Update: No issue on July 6 2018 at 07:30. We just drove past, no one stopped us.

They stopped us to tell us that we didn’t respect the speed limit (but we were...) asked for 2500p or we should go to the station and they’ll take our driving licence for 3 days (after that we should came back at Campeche to get it back). We said that we were young travellers and don’t have any money. Ended with 40usd ... it was clearly only for tourists, ‘cause they stopped 2 only cars and it was always people like us ...

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Nos detuvieron y pidieron aorillarnos para despues pedir nuestros papeles... Los oficiales como en cualquier parte de México solicitaron una "Mordida" pero inmediatamente nos respondió diciendo que mejor luego por qué había cámarad

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16. June 2022, Thursday, 9:10 am
Cones on both side, but Police just stayed on the side towards Campeche.

We got pulled over. We were smiling and greeted him. He asked us where we are heading. We said to. Campeche. He let us go.

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Had us pull to side asked where we were going and pretty much just waved us through. Didn’t want to deal with non Spanish speaking gringos. Was late at night on a Tuesday headed towards Mérida

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A bit of a line here but they only seemed to be stopping truckers.

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We did not get flagged down or stopped. Our rig blends in pretty well as a normal truck though. We did not slow down much and just kept going and didn’t wait to see if they would flag us. (We were driving from Campeche towards Mérida)

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Just stopped us to asked where we want to go. Didn’t asked for passport or anything or searched the car.

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No problems here. They did pull us for an inspection, but other than checking our licenses and opening a few cupboards nothing happened. We weren't carrying any cash and our rig doesn't look fancy so that probably helped.

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passed by, nobody there to check. no problem.

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Just passed this checkpoint, fortunately without any problems. The only question asked was where we were from, and when we answered "Holanda" the guy just wished us a good day!

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Got stopped here. They were set down not paying any attention to the cars passing by, then one of them saw us (gringo car) and jumped out and rushed to the cones to waive us down.
Asked where we coming and going and asked for documents. He said we were over the speed limits on the bumps pre-police stop (which he said it is 10km/h) but we were just glued to the car in front of us and same speed as them. My wife was also not wearing seatbelt because she was stepping out of the vehicle to show him the trunk (as they always ask) and he pointed that. After giving us a little speech and saying in Mexico he needs to hold the drivers license for the fine and etc, he just told us he wouldn't keep us pinned and let us go. So yeah, beware here, they will just make something up.

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Nothing there today! :-) Enjoy the right, the road is amazing!

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just waiving everyone through. smiled & waived

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Stopped us heading towards Campeche. No any other car was stopped. Police man was friendly shook both our hands and asked: where are you comming from? where are you heading too? what is your origin? Our answers all in Spanish and he let us off.

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We got pulled over by these police. Immediately started recording and they asked for my licence. At the time we had 2 German hitchhikers in the van and he really was asking them a lot of questions. Took their passports FFMs etc. Eventually after a lot of talking with my co-pilot (who is from Chile and speaks Spanish) we where free to go.
In the end he said he could have fined us for picking up hitchhikers, so if you do that be sure to establish a story about how you know them, as it is illegal.
To be honest I think having 2 cameras recording everything them really did help us too.

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waved us down, spoke in spanish, asked if we spoke spanish, we said no with a smile, let us go...

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They just waved us trough! puuhh! Lucky us! (needed more than 40 signs)

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just passed there going towards Merida, they were controlling people on the other side only (towards Campeche)..

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Weird situation?!We passed by at 11:30 and the two not very friendly looking Estatal Police Officers waved us to stop at the right side but just a few seconds later they gave the sign to drive on while a Federal Police Officer 25 m away starts to walk to our car and stopping us again- he was very serious but friendly and ask where we from ..where does it goes and wants to see the DL and ID- i gave him just the duplicates! but also the International DL. He checked the papers, gave me the DL and ID and went in front of our car and took an selfie from him,the International DL and our car..we don't know why?? He said it's good to see we're using our seatbelts and asked about our Pickup if's a diesel?? Yes..it's a Diesel engine..??.. it seems he likes Diesel!After these 4-5 Minutes we're ready to hit the road again..with many questions in our mind...Mexican Police it's always good for a confusing situation..😄😂

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We passed through and no police going towards Merida, just going the opposite direction.
The actual check point is a bit before than these coordinates. It is signaled that there is a Police check and lanes become from 2 to 1.

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Got pulled over because apparently some camera down the street caught us not yielding to pedestrians (?).
The new scheme seems to be telling people that if you pay the fine at the police station you get your license revoked for 3 days and cannot drive. However if you pay them there and now (aka bribe) you can go on your way.
We insisted on paying at the police station and after a long discussion he sent us on our way with no payment etc required.
Dont pay the bribe guys, insist on paying the fine at the police station! Worst case scenario you actually have to pay a fine that is most likely way lower than what they want as a bribe anyway.

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Got pulled over for not respecting the yellow lines back in town? Not sure how they would see that, or why they thought is was true, as we drive very slowly. Had a long back and forth using the officer’s translator, we continued to act confused (because we were!) and ultimately he let us go with no problems. Was calm and respectful despite trying to rip us off.

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We were pulled over here because they thought we weren’t wearing seatbelts as our old van only has a lap strap and no chest strap. Upon seeing this the officer said I had not been wearing my belt (which I had) and said we were to receive an infraction. After arguing with him for a few minutes he called over his supervisor. He asked where we were headed and what we were doing, whether I was in fact wearing my seatbelt, and finally asked to see my license. He looked at them and said goodbye - you should go to Cancun.

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Saturday, 2:30pm- nobody was there. Probably they had lunch.

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Stopped a little before the posted coordinates, heading from Campache to Celestun. Immediately started filming (I hate doing this, but it works) tried to tell us the dog in the passenger lap is illegal, then noticed we were filming. Told us "sale!" and we we on our way...

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We drove throw with no issue.
I drove behind a big track and hide :)

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We got pulled over on the pretext we didn't have the front licence plate. After explaining it's a US-registered car, they started talking about speeding, until they noticed I was smoking, which is supposedly prohibited in Campeche. The standard spiel of having to surrender my driving licence for a day until the fine ($3600) is paid back in Campeche followed, but we can pay $2500 on the spot and save ourselves the trouble. We hid most of our cash when the copper walked away for a moment. We told him we only had around $800, which he took and let us go. Having a Mexican friend travelling with me didn't seem to change anything. It was clearly a shakedown and I'm sure they would find some other excuse if I wasn't smoking.

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Coming from Merida to Campeche we didn't see anybody.

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I think either they've moved a bit or these coordinates are slightly off as the checkpoint was about 1km down the road (if you're heading towards Campeche).
Eithet way, they waved us thru with a smile no prob.

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The police stopped us and they said we were 40km/h over the regular speed.
We asked for a proof, he said if you pay now you can go otherwise you have to come with me at Campeche to see the video/photo, wait 3h and pay and you will be free. We said ok no problem we can come back to Campeche to check what you are saying. He thought for 10s and he said “ok I let you go because you are tourists, be careful with the signs”. Everything was in Spanish and we never asked how much they wanted us to pay etc. And we acted very confident and never show that he could “win” because we knew we didn’t do anything wrong.

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No problems. Very nice police and helped us pronounce name in Mayan for different cenotes we were visiting.

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Went through Dec 23rd and no one on the north bound side checking cars, but did see them going through someone’s car southbound.

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Dans le sens Campeche vers Merida nous n'avons rien vu. Le 11/12/2018 vers 11h30.

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We just passed the police checkpoint without getting stopped. It seemed like they mostly stopped lorries. We passed around 11am.

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I went through this point at 7:30 expecting being lucky and I was. You need to stop there and at my moment they were distractive. There one was police that realice I was passing at the end and he want to stop me but i look to another point and go on. It is better to avoid this point

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No issues when we drove through (8:30am).

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We were stopped as well and they ripped us off because they told us that only the importer can drive and since I was the driving (“only the girlfriend”)they told us we have to go back to Campeche to pay 1800$ next day or we can leave the money with him.. stupid enough we gave him 1100$ because it says it on the backside of the tip and we were afraid he wouldn’t let us through at all.

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We drove a SUV and were pulled over here. Policeman looks friendly but showed us a picture with a sign of 40km/h which I was really confused because we only saw 60km/h signs. He accused that we speeded there and asked to fine us or take our driver’s license for 3 days. Then they say we can go back to Campeche to pay 2400 pesos or we can pay to them directly for 1200 pesos. We insisted that we followed other cars but they did not stop other cars. Then they just let us go.

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No stop for us. They appeared to be federal police, which we haven't had an issue with. We drove past at 07:30 going 10km below the 60km speed limit just in case lol.

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We were stopped in our RV. Broken Spanish about our casa, ninos and Canada then he pulled out his phone and took a selfie with our license plate and on we went.

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We saw this pin on iOverlander beforehand so we were super careful to go past slowly - but they stopped us anyway.
Clearly they thought we were Canadian (we have Canadian plates) since they greeted us in English right away.
We quickly started speaking Spanish and told them we were Argentinian. My partner had to show them his driving license but we quickly diverted the conversation to the good old football teams, the World Cup, Messi etc
They were big football fans so they let us go - football conversations always work like a charm! XD

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we had no issues at this checkpoint. Just warned us about an accident ahead and to us the left lane and drive slow

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They stopped us to tell us that we didn’t respect the speed limit (but we were...) asked for 2500p or we should go to the station and they’ll take our driving licence for 3 days (after that we should came back at Campeche to get it back). We said that we were young travellers and don’t have any money. Ended with 40usd ... it was clearly only for tourists, ‘cause they stopped 2 only cars and it was always people like us ...

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