Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Ukraine's Traffic Cops

This story is interesting. Apparently, Ukraine's traffic police pull people over on a regular basis to get bribes instead of handing out tickets. The mistake one of them made: he pulled over Ukraine's president when he wasn't doing anything wrong.
So, he dissolved the traffic police.
With no cops enforcing the traffic laws, is chaos reigning on the streets and highways of Ukraine? No, not really. Everyone's driving normally.


  1. Dear Kelly:

    Is it me or is the subtle change in blog format an appeal to the sight-impaired. If so, I commend you. If not, please change it back at once!

    Also. I simply cannot perceive the abolishment of traffic police as anything but a step toward anarchy. Personally, I love the police, particularly those of the metropolitan variety. Security guards with guns, I like to think of them as. My heart warms every time a Lincoln City Cop pulls in behind me and follows me a good distance, causing me to wriggle around nervously in my seat thinking, "Did I fail to use my blinker; did I come to a complete stop back there; is (s)he waiting for me to slip up somewhere?; only to watch in nearly orgasmic relief as (s)he pulls into the passing lane and leaves me (for now) to flounder in my struggle to avoid driving on the sidewalk, down the wrong lane for several city blocks, or simply failing to "keep a proper lookout", the latter of which I might have gone my entire driving life without ever even knowing was required of me, had I not heard students,who unlike me have had Torts,talking about it.

  2. The first part: are you referring to my new banner? I just wanted to mix things up a bit.
    As for the second part, I couldn't agree with you more. I just thought the article was interesting.
    Honestly, in the neighborhood where I live, I would be scared to go outside at night if there weren't cops driving by at least every half an hour. Traffic enforcement is just busywork for cops. Their real job is making people safe by simply being present. They do very well at that.