We have achieved the opposite. "Sexot" (which generally stands for "secret employee") has become one of the most offensive curses. But the consequences of a different kind also could not have done: a person who is trying to draw the attention of the authorities to the violation of law and order is not worthy of respect or support in the eyes of many. In the developed countries of the West, such behavior is nothing but the civic duty of everyone.
In Germany, there is nothing derogatory in, say, calling the police and telling you that the driver of a green BMW has such and such an illegal place in a parking lot for disabled people. The car of the offender will immediately be dragged away by a tow truck, and Herr Müller from the neighbors will be honored and respected. It is no accident that in Europe there are not so many police cars on the streets, but it is worth driving “not there” or “not so”, there is a police patrol right there! And not necessarily with punitive functions: maybe you got lost or you feel bad, but who knows what?
In everyday life, it's not like a patrol car - a living policeman can only be seen at the airport, at the entrance to the country. So where do they suddenly come from if a violation of the rules happened, say, at seven in the morning? It is clear that law-abiding citizens have reported … And this is completely normal for Germans, French, Americans and other Swedes.
Now back to our reality. We admit: each of us, seeing the next insolent, rushing along the oncoming or “red”, dreams of suddenly having a principled inspector and punishing the offender in full. Alas, as a rule, a principal traffic cop at this time is somewhere far away. And if you try to help our traffic police catch these most dangerous traffic violators? We set ourselves such a noble goal, setting off for the next raid. In order to give it great significance, the photographer and lawyer were included in the journalistic “quick response team”.
WAIT FOR AN OPERATOR ANSWER …
In the early autumn morning, we began to figure out how law enforcement would react to our “tips”. Behind a bad example, the matter is gone. No sooner had we left the editorial office when, near the famous Durov Corner, we were overtaken by the “oncoming” (naturally, two solid) black “Nissan Maxima”. Where to complain? I’m dialing the general police number “02” from my mobile phone. It is in a movie in the receiver that an interested voice immediately responds, in life everything is different - after about seven beeps the receiver comes to life and says in a mechanical voice: “Wait for an answer …” Nothing, wait. Finally, the operator answers. Well, the experiment has begun.
- Girl, I just overtook me in the oncoming lane in a Nissan Maxima car, black. I even photographed him! My name is Maxim Prikhodko, and I can be a witness. Who should I contact?
At the other end of the wire is a slight confusion:
- I did not understand what happened to you?
- The girl, the driver of the Nissan car, grossly violated the rules of the road, created an emergency on the road …
- Traffic Laws? Clearly, then this is not for us,”the operator responds with relief. - I will try to switch you to the traffic police of the Central District, this is part of them.
Again I count the beeps in the handset, the click - and again on the line “mine” is on duty; apparently failed to get on the traffic police:
- Come on, young man, I will write down the number and make of the car where the violation occurred, and I will transmit the information to the traffic police. Do not worry, take action!
We decided to continue our experiment and went on a “photo hunt” in this “reserve of violators” - on Novy Arbat and Kutuzovsky Prospekt. Ministers, deputies, businessmen, employees of the Presidential Administration and he personally travel along these highways in an endless stream. Authorities use the road, so special attention to it. Inspectors order and in general - control! However, the control is selective: black limousines with a “tricolor”, flashing lights and guard jeeps are constantly flashing through the dividing strip. “Knocking” on them is useless; they, as you know, are illegal in our country. But, following the example of the “untouchables”, according to Kutuzovsky they strive to “grab” ordinary citizens with a breeze. At the same time, some are waiting for a "sponsor" to settle in behind. Ideal for such cases are ambulances and … police patrol cars. Others scam "insolent".
We follow the rules and try to start by simply calculating the number of violators. We quickly lose count. For some three minutes in the middle of the day (not in the morning, at rush hours, when Kutuzovsky is “standing”, but in the afternoon, when traffic is normal!) Along the dividing strip (which is an absolute violation!) At speeds above 100 km / h they rushed: Audi A8, Mercedes S-class (2 pieces), Ford Focus, Toyota Land Cruiser, Ford Ranger (pickup), GAZ 3110 5 / "> GAZ 31105, Volvo-XC90 ", " Hyundai Getz "and the usual" nine "with numbers near Moscow. This is an indicative cut, so to speak, " average rate. "Mercedes, Toyota and Audi had numbers with a tricolor, Ford " "Blue, police. Well, all of their drivers had a“life.”And the rest, it turns out, are ordinary violators. We’ll try to“trick”them on the phone.
Attempt number two (after the traditional ten (!) Long beeps):
- Cameraman Igorkova, listen, what happened to you?
- Girl, hello! Just on Novy Arbat Street, in front of my eyes, he grossly violated the rules of the road by a number of cars. I have their numbers and photos. I am ready to provide them and to witness. Let's fight the ugliness on the road!..
Again a slight confusion on the other end of the wire:
- So you have the numbers and brands of these cars recorded?
- Yes there is! - and I begin to list that "at 13 hours 50 minutes the car is Volvo-XC90 …" and so on. After Audi, the operator stops my flow of eloquence:
- Wait a second, I'll switch you to our help desk now, probably they will help you there, tell me where to go, and it turns off.
A new series of long beeps, another young lady on the wire:
- Information, Zinchenko.
- Girl, hello, my surname Prikhodko, I have evidence that a number of cars just grossly violated … - and so on, the text has already been worked out. Does Zinchenko’s operator only need this valuable information? She interrupts my monologue:
- I can give you the traffic police phone, call there.
Alas! Apparently, the telephone that the help desk operator gave me turned out to be very popular: we with the photographer and lawyer recklessly pressed the buttons of our mobile phones for almost an hour, but in response we heard the same thing - short beeps … During this time, the traffic rules on Kutuzovsky probably violated by at least hundreds of cars with “privileged” and most ordinary license plates. Before that, as it turned out, it was only three of us, under the terms of the raid, completely ordinary citizens who were outraged by someone's rudeness on the road. And who wanted to punish violators for this! After all, they were not afraid, they called from their own mobile phones (their numbers and owners are easily determined), moreover, they seemed to be their own first names and surnames! And what? But nothing …
Of course, maybe the traffic police have some special numbers that you just need to call - and several patrol cars will immediately rush to intercept the malicious intruders. Only these numbers are so classified that even the operators of the control room “02” do not know them. And where can ordinary citizens find out about them, for whom it’s just boiling up?..
DO NOT WAIT!
So we went on a “photohunt”, gathered a small collection of “portraits of violators in the capital’s interior”, a small part of which we publish in this issue. Only here is the main goal - to punish these auto-hooligans - we did not achieve. Of course, you can’t put a policeman to each of them, as our various power chiefs often like to repeat. And do not, we have the traffic police service one of the largest in the world! In terms of the number of employees, of course … Probably, "knocking" on one's neighbor, the driver, is not too nice, the law does not say anything about this, and public opinion condemns denunciation. Everything is so, but what to do when on the other side of the scale every year 35 thousand killed on the roads and more than 200 thousand crippled? Silent and wait, when suddenly, as if from under the ground, a principled traffic cop will appear and will severely punish all violators?.. Today, rather, this is a fairy-tale character.
“Your call will tie the hands of terrorists,” promise us today posters placed throughout the capital. I do not advise anyone to joke with this number! But how to tie the hands of those who at high speed jumped into the oncoming lane? After all, this is also a terrorist of its kind! How many fatal accidents occurred during the year due to these? Something needs to be done with this, too. Most drivers, I think, in principle, are ready to fight them, and in this fight, they may not even give a damn about conventions, that it is not customary in our society to inform. Reporting is not about the fact that a neighbor is cheating on his wife, but about the fact that someone created an emergency situation in which people could suffer.