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In Russia, your smartphone could be responsible for your neighbor's next traffic ticket 🚦


The Russian government has prepared legislation that would create a corps of “people’s inspectors,” allowing the authorities to issue traffic violation fines based on video footage submitted by civilians, without any formal police reports.

The government’s plan envisions an online portal powered by “special software,” where “people’s inspectors” can register accounts.

Since August 2015, a similar project has operated in Moscow, where civilians have submitted evidence of traffic and parking violations that has resulted in roughly 500,000 individuals fines. Another “people’s inspector” program exists in Tatarstan.