“You have rules on the roads at night in London?” – A Cali local trying to understand the finer points of UK traffic laws.
Cali has two sets of rules for traffic. During the day, most cars will obey traffic laws in general and will stop at red lights. After sunset those rules cease to exist. A car will only stop at a red light if they are at an intersection and there are cars cutting across.
The logic behind this is both sound, and unnerving. The cars won’t stop because there is a much higher risk of having their car robbed at night. The Calenos* know that stopping at a red light could end with them staring at the wrong end of a firearm, and losing their valuables and even their car. The traffic laws remain suspended until sunrise the next morning. It’s not ideal for pedestrians, but it’s not wise to be a pedestrian at night either, for the same reason.
*Caleno/Calena is the Colombian term for a Cali local.