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The abbreviation GIBDD (State Inspectorate for Road Safety) is becoming a thing of the past, writes TASS with reference to a statement by the head of the department, Mikhail Chernikov, made during a meeting of the Presidium of the Public Council under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. The department returned its old name – State Traffic Inspectorate or GAI, which was changed to the State Traffic Safety Inspectorate 26 years ago.

According to Chernikov, the abolition of the five-letter abbreviation traffic police is regulated by law. The name State Traffic Inspectorate already appears in all regulatory documents. “I don’t know the police, but the State Traffic Inspectorate already exists,” summed up the head of the department.

The State Traffic Inspectorate was established in the USSR in 1936 and ensured road safety until 1998. In the summer of that year, by decree of the President of Russia, the traffic police was renamed the traffic police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.

The size of the average traffic police fine in Russia has been revealed. The court banned Russian drivers from being rude to traffic police officers. Putin explained what traffic police inspectors should do.

The police were renamed the police in March 2011, when ex-President Dmitry Medvedev signed the law “On the Police”. According to Medvedev, the police are associated with professional people “who work efficiently, honestly, and harmoniously.”

Earlier, the traffic police reported a decrease in the number of accidents on the roads. From January to April, 2.4 times fewer road accidents occurred in the country than during the same period in 2023 – 33 thousand. At the same time, the number of deaths increased by 0.6 percent.

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