Roaring a motor, the offspring of the rural intelligentsia briskly sweeps through the village, scaring away chickens and dogs.
Until the fifth grade, I will have a sweet dream, as I cut the space on a burgundy "Java" with roses …
Apparently, some of our motorists visited these dreams at one time, because with enviable tenacity they continue to decorate their cars with decorative wings, pads, pennants, as well as colorful lights. Mostly for some reason blue.
… Exactly a year ago, the crew of the traffic police of the 6th traffic police department of Moscow and I caught “blue” ones on the Garden Ring (ЗР, 2005, No. 1). The penalty for such a violation was then purely symbolic - 50 rubles. Nowadays, for such "art" you can run into the deprivation of the right to drive vehicles for a period of six months to one year with the confiscation of illegal appliances and appliances (article 12.5.3 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation, "Driving a vehicle on the front of which light devices with lights are installed red color or retroreflective devices of red color, as well as light devices, the color and mode of operation of which do not meet the requirements of the Basic Provisions for the admission of vehicles to operation ", introduced to the Federal Law of 22.07.2005 N 120-FZ). What time!
What has changed in recent months? It is immediately obvious that there are fewer “blue” on the roads, although no, no, yes they come across. It seems that the boundaries of the “sense of beauty” have shifted towards common sense, but some creative people are so sorry to part with such beauty that they are even ready to take risks. In order to at least somehow feel ourselves in the shoes of the “blue” and understand what is driving them, we also decided to take a chance by screwing in light bulbs of a non-standard pattern. And it was terribly interesting - how will law enforcement officers react to this?
IN THE BLUE GID
Our trade today seems to apologize to buyers for the sins of the past, “soviet” life and makes amends - all is on sale! So it seemed to me anyway. A year ago, blue bulbs (as well as red, green, etc.) were littered with the shelves of all car dealerships. But now he rushed, and it turned out that in large chain stores there are no blue lamps. “Why?” Asked the consultant. And he received an honest answer: “So they are forbidden, we don’t trade!” I immediately introduced an honest seller of a music store who refuses to sell me a “pirate” disc … However, I got distracted, but I need blue lights a bit!
Food at the most famous car market in the capital. There is! Hooray, long live market relations! There are lamps, there are LEDs, and different colors (blue, green, red, orange, etc.). The colorful seller of all the brilliant jewelry authoritatively taught: “Take the LEDs, the lamps quickly burn out, it will be ugly” (connoisseur!). And the merchant persistently offered to buy a neon tube to illuminate the underbody of the car for only 1300 re ("Bro, it will be cool, I know what I'm saying!"). For a beginner “blue” this is already too much, so I decide only to change the color of the side lights and the rear “turns” (I saw such a car on the road once - it's cool!). The price of such a “body kit” is simply ridiculous: lamps for 5 rubles, LEDs for 50. By the way, nameless manufacturers of “color” products on the packaging give an impressive list of brands to which all “this” fits, including Audi and Mercedes. I wonder if they know about this in Ingolstadt and Stuttgart?
EVERYTHING BECOMES AROUND BLUE AND GREEN
Naive, I thought that the process of replacing bulbs would be easy and painless, almost according to Freud (pulled out, inserted)! I cheerfully open the hood of the official Nexia … It wasn’t there! To change the "dimensions", you need to sweat, disassemble almost the floor of the engine compartment, remove the battery, etc. This is how you should reach for the beautiful, so that in such torment you change ordinary bulbs to blue! So, do not shine for me in the open spaces of the capital with a "blue expression"? In the fleet of ZR, we picked up another car in which this process can be completed almost painlessly - Hyundai Accent. Together with the owner of the car, we quickly change regular light bulbs to new ones. Five minutes - and you're done. Lord, how beautiful it is! Blue lamps invitingly shine in "dimensions", and through the orange plastic of the "turn signals" they blink the whole world with a rich, gentle green light. What is there "Java" with roses! Everything is much cooler! Together with the photographer, we are leaving the editorial office under the laughter of comrades ("Come back, practical!..")
BLUE WAGON RUNS, KINDS
For more than an hour now, we have been circling twilight in Moscow, highlighting the streets with playful blue and green colors. So what? Nothing at all. We now and then come across law enforcement officers - both foot and horse, but … it seems that no one cares about our blue lights. Unless other traffic participants have fun, poke fingers in our direction, and some for some reason twist at the temple. They envy, probably, the beauty of such an unearthly. True, some seem to swear. And what - they deserve it. After all, even in dry weather on a twilight evening, we are not visible on the road! And in winter, and in fog, and during snowfall? Here and before the accident is not far. This is what we argue with the photographer, but the metropolitan traffic cops, apparently, think differently. In the theater district of the Russian Army there are two DPS cars - a mobile picket, so to speak. We decide to ride in circles around Suvorov Square until they stop us: we are “blue”! The first circle is silence, the second circle is zero attention, the third is the same, the fourth, fifth, sixth … Stop! Stop, otherwise the photographer’s head was spinning. But stern men in uniform are still vigilantly peering into the distance, not paying attention to our "unregistered" lights. Maybe I'm going really fast? And again the circle, but oh, very slowly; I drive past the "night watch" on the other hand. NOTHING! We do not exist. A UFO is one that only those inside can see, and even those who believe in its existence. But the police - they do not believe, and therefore do not see! As if by order, Audi rushes after us - also “blue”. The result is the same.
We rode through the evening capital for a few more hours, invitingly winking with our colorful lights. Alas, they could not achieve reciprocity from the Moscow guardians of road safety. Well, they do not like the "blue"! So much so that they just don’t notice …
Deprivation of rights, up to a year? I do not believe, as Stanislavsky often said
PUNISHMENT WITHOUT PUNISHMENT
Honestly, setting off on a raid, I felt a bit like a test pilot. We seemed to be taking a great risk! Indeed, because of the blue lights, you can easily lose your driver’s license! Go and prove later that we had a raid on the instructions of the editors! And so it was doubly disappointing to return with nothing. Deprivation, speak? Up to a year? I do not believe how often Stanislavsky repeated. Maybe only during a special police raid, and so, in everyday life - you will not wait! On the other hand, it is certainly nice. I'm now starting to think about that wonderful blue neon lamp under the bottom … But seriously, the conclusion from our little experiment is very bitter.