After several days in the sticks, we drive through a county seat in western Sichuan province. Pass a scene we've come across many many times before -- huge throng of people crowding the street around what appears to be a traffic accident.
Scene 3: The authorities take charge. Out of the Gong An van steps a big burly guy in all black, holding a camera. The motorbike woman immediately begins pleading her case to him.
Scene 5: the crowd breaks up and everyone starts going away. Taxi driver is center stage in this shot, in the white shirt; the woman is behind him on a mobile phone. The taxi will obviously have to get fixed. The motorbike has a scrape but otherwise looks functional. Fortunately neither party appears to be hurt.
I don't know enough about Chinese traffic-court jurisprudence to be able to say what will happen to whom later on. But this kind minor traffic mishap, with attendant crowd scene -- and all parties leaving the vehicles where they are, in the middle of traffic, till the cops arrive -- and then eventual inconclusive drifting-away is familiar enough to be worth one specimen example. Now back to the sticks -- where the traffic-casualty rate is actually much higher than in cities, but that's a different topic..