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Thai Traffic Jams Find Their Dream Team

By Associated Press / December 29, 1995



BANGKOK

Thousands of cars, big trucks, and motorcycles jam the street as far as you can see. The noise deafens. Black exhaust chokes the air. The tropical sun glows, and sweat streams.

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But the traffic cops are dancing in the street.

They call themselves the "Dream Team." Every day, at a key Bangkok intersection, the team of five policemen moves traffic along with improvised signals that blend disco and other Western-style dancing with the graceful waving motions of classical Thai dance.

The officers' goal is to make the best of a tough job and to lighten the hearts of motorists maddened by some of the worst traffic in the world.

They do the shuffle and spin around, arms sweeping the air to gently nudge the cars along. They raise three fingers of each hand in the air - Thai sign language for "Love."