Saratov tests strength of seat belts

11 May 2013

On 11- 12 May, educational activities for the whole family were held in Saratov’s Theatre Square as part of the nationwide public awareness campaign “Buckle Up!” The campaign, which aims to improve driver and passenger safety, was initiated by the State Automobile Inspectorate of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, and is being run in partnership with the Russian Association of Motor Insurers and the NGO Road Safety Russia.

The following were among those in attendance at the opening ceremony: deputy chairman of the Government of Saratov Region, Mikhail Goremyko, head of the Main Directorate for Saratov Region of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, police lieutenant general Sergei Arenin, head of the “Buckle Up” project, Alexandra Sidorenko, deputy head of Saratov City Administration, Viktor Maletin, head of the Department of the State Automobile Inspectorate for Saratov Region, police colonel Pavel Rogov, archpriest Anatoly Strakhov from the Church of St. Nikolsky, the minister for youth policy, sport and tourism of Saratov Region, Nailya Brilenok,  deputy head of the Main Directorate for Saratov Region of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations, Igor Bergizov, chairman of the Transport Committee of Saratov Region, Vasily Razdelkin, and president of the Union of Saratov Strongmen, Vyacheslav Maksyuta.

As in the other cities visited by the campaign, the activities included competitions and tests on the theme of road safety. Residents of Saratov and visitors to the city tested their knowledge of traffic regulations, took part in a vote “for” or “against” seat belts, had their photographs taken in matryoshki stand-in cutouts, and had the chance to win prizes.

Although it has a speed of just 12km per hour, the road crash simulator made an impression on all the “testees”. They said that the crash felt very unpleasant; moreover, they intimated that it could have felt much worse without a seat belt. The simulator was available for “driving” in Saratov until 15 May.

Strongman Vyacheslav Maksyuta, who had been invited to the event, tried to demonstrate his strength by ripping apart a seat belt. But he simply could not do it. As he said, “There’s no way a seat belt can be torn apart, not even with superhuman strength. So, use your seat belts!”

Events were being held in the city of Vologda at the same time: Saratov and Vologda were the third and fourth cities to be visited by the “Buckle Up!” campaign. Next on the campaign tour are Arkhangelsk and Volgograd. Dates and times of upcoming events can be found on the Road Safety Russia website



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