Traffic violators take a donkey ride

Those who violate traffic laws in the north-west Colombian department of Norte de Santander will be offered the chance to avoid a fine by learning the rules of the road while riding a donkey.

The department’s traffic secretary announced Tuesday that those caught breaking the rules will be given the choice of either paying a fine or being taken for a special, slightly embarrassing, donkey-riding tour in a park where billboards explain traffic regulations.

Secretary Jose Luis Santaella told newspaper El Tiempo that he hopes that the new measure leads to a decrease in traffic accidents.

Some 5,000 Colombians die in road accidents each year.

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