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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Traffic Police Lighten Up On New GIBDD Web Site

When people think of traffic policemen they probably don't imagine them with a broad grin on their face.

But the designers of a new web site for Russia's traffic police, or GIBDD, beg to differ: Their ominously titled humor subsection of www.gibdd.ru, "The Traffic Policeman's Smile," offers a tantalizing glimpse of what makes the so-called Gaishniki giggle.

Other than jokes, the crisply designed home page -- rendered in reassuring shades of blue, the police's colors -- presents visitors with a selection of topics ranging from traffic legislation and statistics to general vehicle maintenance tips, as well as a thorough history of the department.

If your driving skills need honing, click on the site's "online exam." After undergoing a battery of multiplechoice questions, participants will know whether or not they are up to the challenges of Russia's roads.

Some areas of the site are still under construction -- including the Obyavleno v Rozysk, or Wanted, section.

Vasily Chuchupal, head of the GIBDD's nine-man team that has been working on the site since February, said that while this section had lead some to believe that the traffic police's database of stolen cars would soon be made publicly available, the section will be used to post users' announcements about missing vehicles.

There's even an English-language section for foreigners in the pipeline. "It's called 'Driving in Russia.' We want to post information for foreigners, so please write in with suggestions," said Chuchupal.

Solid areas include the extensive legislation and statistics sections, as well as contact details for GIBDD departments throughout Russia.

And in the tips section -- Soviety Byvalykh -- a range of helpful advice has been gathered, ranging from hints on how to keep your engine running smoothly to recommendations on how to keep warm.

"After starting the car, turn on the heater and either go somewhere warm to wait while the engine and interior warm up or walk around the vehicle," says the GIBDD.