Damn, This Traffic Jam! How I Hate To Be Late! Damn This Traffic Jam!
Did you know that there was once a 125-mile long, three day traffic jam…IN RUSSIA?
There was. And that’s not all!
In a post on Animal, Russian ex-pat and journalist Marina Galperina offers a few reasons, which boil down to dangerous driving conditions and the unreliability of Russian traffic police.
And I’ve got the video to prove it!
Driving in Russia is hazardous: Last year, 200,000 traffic accidents killed 28,000 people. (More than 32,000 died in car accidents in the United States in 2011, a much lower figure per capita.)
Addressing those high levels in 2009, President Dmitry Medvedev blamed the “undisciplined, criminally careless behavior of our drivers,” along with poor road conditions.
Russian drivers must also contend with the possibility of being attacked by another driver.
Overall, in a country where traffic conditions are horrible, insurance scams and roadside fights are always a possibility, and the police are widely viewed as corrupt, video evidence of one’s innocence can be a very valuable thing. And here is that video innocence. Enjoy: