January 15, 2009 / 1:55 PM / 10 years ago

Russian police officers fail test of traffic rules

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Nearly 30 police officers in a Russian town failed a test of the traffic laws they enforce, prosecutors in the Sverdlovsk region said on Thursday.

As an experiment, 30 traffic officers in the Ural town of Krasnoturyinsk were asked to take the test that learner drivers sit, but just one achieved the required 100-percent pass mark, Itar-Tass news agency reported.

“The rest had up to eight mistakes. To get a driver’s license, you must answer all the questions without error,” Tass quoted the prosecutor’s office as saying.

Russian traffic police have a reputation for demanding unofficial fines from drivers and for ordering motorists to pull over for checks of their documents or to point out minor infringements.

Reporting by Conor Sweeney; Editing by Andrew Dobbie

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