14. Is there still a problem with «mordida» (bribes) in Mexico?
The Mexican government has gone to great lengths to stamp out corruption in recent years. Don’t pay mordida or offer to bribe an official or police officer unless you feel there is no possible alternative. If you are stopped by a traffic policeman, take the time to go to the police station and ask for a clarification, or to pay the real fine. Do not be intimidated. If you feel you were unjustly detained, say you want to go to the tourism office «Secretaría de Turismo, Economía y Sustentabilidad» or “Turismo Municipal” for translation or an explanation. This is the municipal tourism office phone in La Paz, 612 122 2986