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The Stop Sign – Italian Style

April 22, 2021

An old chestnut but true…


After the holidays, I thought a little humor was in order.

When we moved to Italy 15 years ago, we went to great lengths to learn all of the Italian driving and traffic laws. Basically, they are the same as in the U.S. with a few, small variations. In short, no biggie.

However, when it came to daily practice we noticed that virtually no one stops for a stop sign here. Often they don’t even slow down or cover their brake. The only exception seems to be when there is heavy cross traffic, for instance in downtown Rome. In such instances, Italians mumble Madonna and begrudgingly yield, just a bit.

When I queried my Italian brethren about the lack of stopping, the answer was universally, “Bo!” (Italian for “Who knows, who cares?”) After a decade of inquires, I finally found one person who actually got a ticket for running a…

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  1. Reminds me of Argentina!

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  2. Brought a smile to my face, but I don’t have to drive there. 🙂

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