Rules and regulations are made for a purpose. When driving, there are lots of rules and regulations to follow to ensure the safety of you and other drivers. However, many people ignore certain rules such as not drinking too much before driving a car or motorcycle. Don’t take a chance and get caught as there may be very tough penalties if you do…!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to follow instructions given by a policeman

(ii) To co-operate when being stopped by the police

Dialogue:

A driver approaches a police road block:

(在马路上,警察A示意司机B停车,B摇下玻璃)

(zài mǎ lù shàng, jǐng chá ēi shì yì sī jī bì tíng chē, bì yáo xià bō li)

(a policeman (A) beckons to the driver (B) to stop his car; B stops and rolls down the car window)

A:您好,请出示您的驾照。

Nín hǎo, qǐng chū shì nín de jià zhào.

Hello, driver’s licence please.

B:给您……交警同志,我刚才没有违反交通规则啊?

Gěi nín. Jiāo jǐng tóng zhì, wǒ gāng cái méi yǒu wéi fǎn jiāo tōng guī zé a?

Here it is, Mr. traffic policeman. I didn’t violate any traffic regulation.

A:哦,我们今晚只是抽查酒驾。希望您能配合一下。

Òu, wǒ mén jīn wǎn zhǐ shì chōu chá jiǔ jià. Xī wàng nín néng pèi hé yī xià.

We’re just doing a drink driving spot check. Hope you can cooperate.

B:好。

Hǎo.

Okay.

A:请您对着这个酒精测试仪吹口气儿。

Qǐng nín duì zhe zhè ge jiǔ jīng cè shì yí chuī kǒu qì er.

Please blow into the alcohol tester.

呼……

blows

A:您的酒精检测结果正常。感谢您的配合,您可以走了。

Nín de jiǔ jīng jiǎn cè jié guǒ zhèng cháng. Gǎn xiè nín de pèi hé, nín kě yǐ zǒu le.

Your alcohol test result is normal. Thank you for your cooperation, you can go now.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

马路:road

警察:policeman

示意:beckon

司机:driver

摇下:roll down

玻璃:window

出示:show

驾照:driver’s licence

交警(交通警察):traffic policeman

同志:comrade

刚才:just now

违反:violate

交通规则:traffic regulation

抽查:spot check (can be a noun and a verb)

酒驾(酒后驾驶):drunk driving

配合:co-operation

酒精:alcohol

测试仪:tester/test machine

酒精测试仪:hand-held alcohol tester

吹:blow

口:the measuring word for ‘breath’

气:breath

一口气:one breath

检测:test

结果:result

正常:normal

Cultural/Grammar note:

‘交警’ in China mainly focus on matters that relate to traffic or roads, but they can also do what other regular policeman do.

In China, ‘交警同志’ is how you refer to a traffic policeman politely.

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Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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