Wrong-Way Drivers in Lagos Must Go See a Shrink

Penalty is part of city's effort to rein in traffic
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2011 4:29 PM CDT
If you're caught driving the wrong way on a one-way street in Lagos, you're mandated to receive a psychiatric evaluation.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Psychiatrists in New York would probably love to see this legislation passed in the US. In Lagos, Nigeria—where traffic has reached epidemic levels—if you're caught going the wrong way on a one-way street, you face a $160 fine, but you also have to receive a psychiatric evaluation, reports the Wall Street Journal.

It's just part of a recent crackdown on dangerous driving practices in a city where residents routinely bribe security guards to let them cut through parking lots, and motorcycle taxis use bullhorns to scare other drivers out of the way. A spokesman for the Lagos ministry of transportation says the rationale is simple. If you violate one-way rules, "You should have your head examined." Locals tell the Journal it's just another way for cops to extract bribes.

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