A romantic gesture halted cars on the Bosphorus Bridge, creating traffic jams all the way to Beşiktaş, according to daily Hürriyet.
Traffic was halted when a man stopped his car and stepped out. He then asked his girlfriend to marry him, offering her the ring.
Though the gesture was received positively by the object of his desire, Istanbul drivers were not so pleased.
Traffic jams continued all the way down to Beşiktaş well into the evening.
The man's friends held a sign apologizing to the drivers, but this did not stop the police from giving them a fine.