Fighting corruption (and swearing): a series

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko is to disband the country's traffic police because it has proved impossible to stamp out corruption. He has ordered a decree to be drawn up abolishing the department, which employs 23,000 people.

Read the full story at the BBC website. This is the 'big bang' approach to corruption. President Yuschenko is also trying to eliminate swearing:

You should leave foul language at home. Actually, it would be better if you didn't use it at home either.

Update: Pablo tells me that the solution in Peru and Mexico has been to replace the male traffic cops with women. It works well, he says, except that "more people run them over".

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