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GIBDD Is Going to Multiply Problems of Automobilists

GIBDD Is Going to Multiply Problems of Automobilists
17.10.2009

The traffic police suggested to oblige the Russian drivers to go with switched on headlights in cities. According to the United Nations, this measure is capable to reduce quantity of road accident by 15%, however average fuel consumption will increase by 1%. The offer to reduce admissible speed in the city from 60 to 50 kilometres per hour is being considered. State traffic inspectorate intends to oblige automobilists to let the pedestrians who only plan to pass road to do it.

Changes of rules are caused by great number of road accidents - for first eight months of the current year 8400 automobile-pedestrian accidents took place in Russia, thus 500 people died.


 

From editorial board: The matter is that the problem of safety of traffic does not have bureaucratic decision. If to release the reins completely and to allow traffic police to make any decisions convenient to it, they will simply forbid to drive. As people will continue breaking this interdiction all the same and will use cars, inspectors will take bribes simply - "for driving".

 

Let's say, to force drivers to go with switched on headlights all day and night - is possible, it's even quite harmless matter. Use a little sense, to pay 1 % more for fuel and to change lamps two-three times oftener. What about Kioto report? Have we joined it? Then we should reduce emissions and hotbed effect but not vise versa?

 

Actually article 15 part 4 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation says: "Conventional principles and norms of international law and international agreements with the Russian Federation are a component of its legal system. If international agreement of the Russian Federation establishes other rules, than it's provided by the law, the rules of the international agreement are applied".

But who in Russia pays attention to the Constitution?

Well, decrease of average speed in cities is simply a wrecking, as traffic jams in multi-million-strong cities often makes going by car senseless. Now let's recollect what happens, say, to Moscow during strong rain or snowfall? You are right, average speed decreases and all city turns into one big traffic jam. Again increase in emissions into atmosphere, losses of man-hours... Who gives a shit?

May be really to forbid going by car?

It's necessary to let pedestrians cross the road - it goes without saying. But what could be done if there are a lot of "zebra" in the Russian cities and there are no normal underground or simply controlled crossings? In a number of places, especially where people go to wine shop, movement will be almost impossible. If to let all "intending" pass, one won't gather average speed of 50 kilometres, one will drag with a speed even smaller, than the speed of the pedestrian. Or one will break the rules - and to pay penalties.

What also to do with the fact that almost all federal highways in Russia pass through a number of settlements where pedestrian crossings, certainly, are not regulated? Decrease in average speed but already on the highway will take place again. What will be the losses for economy? It is possible to count - losses will be milliard ones. While inspectors of traffic police will have growth of level of incomes.

Unless our traffic police cares? They have own economy - economy of the opened pocket. Put and go further.

 

A.B.

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