Italian Contagion: Traffic Cops out 'Sick' New Year's Eve

January 5, 2015 7:47 PM

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Were hundreds of Roman traffic police who called in sick on New Year's Eve playing hooky? Inspectors have been dispatched to find out.

Nearly 85 percent of some 900 traffic officers scheduled to work didn't turn up, as revelers jammed streets and 130,000 flocked to a free outdoor concert. Most cited illness, while about 10 percent claimed they were donating blood. Public Works Ministry inspectors Monday began checking them for doct...

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