In La Paz (Bolivia), where traffic signs are hardly respected, the city has hired young men and women who dress-up as Zebras and try to force cars and buses to respect traffic lights.
Zebras jump in front of cars and buses as soon as the lights turn red, forcing them to stop. They also make sure pedestrians wait until the light is red for the cars before stepping from the pavement.
There are now well over 250 dancing zebras. Besides helping ease traffic, they are part of a larger project to give at-risk youth city improvement jobs.
The zebras have become popular off the streets as well, appearing at fairs, festivals events, and lectures at schools on issues such as recycling, drunken driving and bullying.