On Tuesday, 2 May, 150 motorcycle officers will take to city streets. Motorcycle officers can quickly reach accident sites that patrol cars can’t. Motorcycle patrols can also keep an eye on bikers that violate traffic regulations and reckless drivers.
“Starting 2 May, up to 150 motorcycle officers will help maintain road safety, depending on traffic situation” the press service of the Russian Interior Ministry’s Moscow City Police Department said.
The traffic police will use about 300 white motorcycles.
The two-person motorcycle patrols have the same authority as their colleagues, and are completely prepared for the spring and summer season.
“Police officers have completed accident-prevention courses on motorcycles and improved their essential motorcycle-driving skills, including high-speed chases and split-second maneuvers,” press service officials explained.
Round-the-clock motorcycle patrols involving fire-fighters and rescue workers will be deployed 1 May. Affiliated with the Fire-Fighting/Rescue Centre of the City Department for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Fire Safety, they will respond to road accidents and other emergencies. They will ride four custom-made motorcycles equipped with water-emulsion fire extinguishers, first-aid kits, rigid stretchers and other essential gear.
The Pit-Stop photo surveillance system for identifying reckless drivers now operates round the clock. It detects any vehicle exceeding maximum permissible speeds by over 60 kph and relays the data to the nearest patrol cars. The police can stop the vehicle and cite the driver. Violators can receive a suspended driving license for up to 12 months.