Another fallout of the turmoil in Iraq is the horrendous traffic jams throughout Baghdad. New rules go into place Saturday imposing a $20 fine on the worst offenders. It might not equal that speeding ticket you got in your WRX last week, but it's three times more than any traffic violation given before the war. Of course not many people wanted to break any law, even a moving violation, due to fear of a Saddam Hussein punishment. Now the traffic officers say there is worse driving than ever. Most of the major arteries in the city are closed due to their location near sensitive buildings and there are regular car bombings also slowing traffic. Stopping to pay a toll or sitting in bumper to bumper has new meaning when you know drivers in other countries the car next to you could blow up.
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