Side Line: Russia considers law to restrict special sirens use
AMID GROWING anger in Russia over state officials and businessmen using special sirens on their cars to flout traffic regulations, the country's parliament is considering a law that would drastically restrict their use.
The flashing blue lights, or migalki as they are known in Russian, are the bane of ordinary Russian motorists, especially in the capital.
Driving at high speed down the wrong side of the road, whizzing through Moscow's notorious traffic jams while ambulances and fire engines wait patiently -- all of this is possible for a car with a migalka. The flashing blue light, issued officially and less officially to an increasing number of the self-important and the well-connected, confers immunity from prosecution by the feared traffic police.