Monday, December 22, 2014


Transmission

How Not To Drive In Moscow

This is not a racetrack, kids.
This is not a racetrack, kids.
Given the ubiquitousness of dashboard cameras in Russian cars and a reputation for reckless driving on its roads, it's hardly surprising that some drivers are making a game out of posting videos of their adventures on the Internet.

One of them, going by the nickname Black Devil, is a 22-year-old Moscow student without a driver's license. He has posted videos on his YouTube channel of himself cruising around Moscow at high speed in a Porsche Cayenne without license plates, passing other cars any which way he can, driving on the sidewalk, ignoring traffic stops, etc., etc.

But Black Devil may be wishing he hadn't made so many recordings, as he has been caught. Moscow's Interior Ministry hasn't released his name, but he faces 15 days in jail and will certainly also be fined heavily.

WATCH: Black Devil tools about town.


More hair-raising are his videos of a rider taking a Suzuki Hayabusa at high speed through traffic, weaving around trucks and popping wheelies with abandon.

WATCH: Black Devil slaloms through traffic.


What's more surprising is that the videos seem a bit tame compared to the many videos floating around the web of the madcap -- possibly drunken -- antics other drivers have recorded around Russia.

But then, maybe Black Devil is alive to tell the tale for a reason...

WATCH: A compilation of Russian accidents from the first week in January.


-- Dan Wisniewski
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