Krasnodar, 13 November. Our today’s interviewee is Ilya Molodtsov, Head of Krasnodar Department of State Road Safety Inspectorate.
Q.: How sensitive is the problem of drink driving in Krasnodar?
A.: This has for a long while been a sensitive problem for our reality, but now it got aggravated by the fact that after the period of self-isolation, when many people had not left their homes for a long time, they still cannot organize themselves to behave seriously, continue to abuse alcohol, which results in challenging situations on the roads. Over the past nine months, drunk drivers committed 60 road accidents in Krasnodar, where ten persons died and 87 were injured. This figure is by 4.8% lower than that for the same period of 2019, but at the same time the number of casualties doubled, which is a very alarming sign.
Q.: Street racers have become a real calamity in our city. Are the road police taking any measures to deal with them?
A.: [The street racers] mainly are young people, aged 18 to 25, who are trying to organize their leisure in such way. I can say that it is a subculture, whose constituent features are races and car customizing. For instance, speaking about introducing changes into a car’s exhaust system, any alteration of the kind must be authorized by the Road Safety Inspectorate. Any car upgrading that was not authorized by the road police is illegitimate. We reveal such drivers and call them to administrative account. If a car owner has not taken actions to eliminate the alterations, that car’s registration will be cancelled. At the same time, I should say that the youth will nonetheless be looking for a place to show their customized cars. Therefore, the State Road Safety Inspectorate will address the City Hall asking them to assign a special place where young people will be able to do it safely and without infringing on other people’s rights.
Q.: Does the question about what kind of pedestrian crossing – a subway, footbridge, or zebra crossing – is appropriate in a particular place have to be approved by the Road Safety Inspectorate?
A.: The issue of unregulated pedestrian crossings is a very urgent problem in our city, and the Road Safety Inspectorate do all they can to minimize their number. Considering a big number of vehicles in the city and high density of its population, we consider subways or signalled crossings to be a priority for Krasnodar. And we try to convince the city authorities and the relevant department of this. If such construction cannot be established in a given street sector, we try to make arrangements to install traffic lights there, including ones equipped with a dedicated pedestrian signal. As for the new residential neighbourhoods, we back the construction of subway crossings there – because as soon as the neighbourhood gets a lived-in appearance with heavy traffic, it would be practically impossible to build such crossing there.
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