If you’re a normal, safe driver in a rental car driving with your seat belt on, you are about 99% safe. But even in the US, you can get pulled over for “no” reason.
Let’s say you’re in beautiful downtown San Jose del Cabo and the police stop you. They have this horrible sounding horn; you'll know when you're supposed to stop! Naturally you will be a bit nervous. Here’s a little primer for how the conversation might go:
You, the Nervous Tourist: “But officer, there’s no stop sign! I would have stopped if there was a stop sign. How was I supposed to know?”
Very serious los Cabos Police Officer: “Si señor but I have give you ticket and take license. You pay to station they give you license. 500 pesos”
Here’s where it gets good.
Nervous Tourist: “But officer, if I go to the station we will miss our flight. Can I pay you here?”
Officer: (whose attitude suddenly improves a bit) “Si Señor but I no have receipts.”
Less Nervous Tourist: “That’s ok, I don’t need a receipt.”
Officer: “OK, you pay me now.”
Slightly Emboldened Nervous Tourist: “Will you give me a discount for paying in cash?”
And so on until an accord is reached. You make it to the airport on time; he drives away with some extra cash.
Next: Part 3, Conclusion