Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Reported traffic accidents increase in Armenia.

A few months ago the Armenian traffic police stopped using the old technique of parking on a roadside and stopping the drivers for their 1000 dram bribes. They switched to mobile patrols like the rest of the civilized world.

A week or so ago there was an article in Haykakan Jamanak saying that since the adoption of the new procedures, the traffic accidents have increased. The tone questioned the efficiency of the new process.

let me tell you one thing - there are two ways to make a problem go away. One way is to fix the problem. The other way is to turn ignore it. If your goal is to report good numbers, the easiest route is to ignore the problems. When the cops had their roadside spots, they pretty much ignored anything that happened out of direct line of sight. So if there was an accident a couple of blocks away, they did not know about it.

The mobile police car is usually closer to the reality. if something happens, they may pop up out of nowhere and register the accident. Hence the increased number of such instances. The reporter should have made this clearer to the readers.

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