Posted by Nico on November 18, 2003 at 19:11:51:
In Reply to: TOURISM IN UA posted by Lisa on November 11, 2003 at 18:36:33:
I've been driving my car into Ukraine from Poland to Kharkiv and down to Crimea area.
The road conditions vary. Sometimes they're ok but it suddenly may change.
For that reason it's not recommended to drive in the dark. Most Ukrainiens drive like kamikaze pilots, especially passing. They pass everywhere they choose, allowed or not, dangerous or not, it doesn't seem to bother them.
There's also the police. They are litteraly everywhere. There are also the DAI check points. You may pass them slowly and police may stop you to check your documents, so make sure you have everything ready.
For the slightest traffic violation they'll fine you. You'll have to try and bribe yourself out of it, otherwise it may take hours because officially they have to send you to some court office to be sentenced and pay the fine. Don't be surprised if they just make up something, in order to earn some extra money. The police force is, to my knowledge, the most corruptive force in the world.
In the 3 weeks I was there I was stopped by police 11 times to check my papers and on three occasions I got fined. Two of the alledged violations were just made up. Over the three weeks I paid ˆ 100,00 bribe money to police officers.
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