16 Feb 2011

Obey the rules or die

Some water management areas may have trouble getting people to follow the rules. Dutch water boards (in charge of the flow of water and maintenance of infrastructure) had a solution for that:
Punishments that Water Boards could and did carry out were mostly fines for misdemeanors such as emptying waste in the nearest canal rather than in the proper waste disposal, but according to various archives, the death penalty was used more than once for serious offenders who threatened dike safety or water quality.
So that's why the Dutch (usually) stop at traffic lights. Check.