Photo: Venezuelan City Uses Mimes to Educate Drivers
Traffic around Caracas can get out of control, and that’s why Sucre Mayor has decided to replicate a Colombian initiative: Mimes.
Mayor Carlos Ocariz of Sucre, in eastern Caracas, has implemented a similar approach to traffic control to that of former Bogotá, Colombia Mayor Antanas Mockus, who combined mimes, thumbs-up cards, smarter infrastructure design and stricter police enforcement in a program that was internationally perceived as a success.
About 120 mimes dressed in green and orange reflective outfits, white gloves and bowties have taken to the streets making faces and shaking pointy fingers at traffic violators, angry drivers and pedestrians who fail to use crosswalks.
The mime initiative is expected to over time help change bad habits of both motorists and pedestrians as it did in Bogotá. Mimes overlooking traffic can often achieve what transit police are not able to with repressive policies, tickets and other sanctions that alienate citizens; people tend to respond amiably to the peaceful and artistic suggestions of the mimes, which helps cultivate a culture of tolerance and a sense of respect towards other drivers, pedestrians and traffic laws.
Can you imagine this in LA? Chicago? New York?
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