Weird LawsOn Weird Law Friday we look at strange laws from all over the world. In Russia, one weird law inspired a mini revolution called the Society of Blue Buckets. The Society of Blue Buckets came to be in 2010 after public servants began to abuse their right to use blue flashing lights on their cars to bypass traffic.

Society of Blue Buckets members say it is wrong and dangerous for Russian VIPs to zip in and out of traffic with their flashing blue lights. They say the lights are being misused and causing numerous accidents and other traffic problems as a result. In protest, the Blue Bucket members stick blue buckets onto the roofs of their cars.

What Does Russian Traffic Code Say?

According to Russian traffic code, an emergency vehicle receives the right of way if it has a flashing blue light affixed to its roof, a siren and a graphic indicating which emergency service it is a part of. In this sense, the VIP Russians who put the flashing lights on the top of their cars and weave in and out of traffic with ease, are not in accordance with the law. However, they are still permitted to get away with it.

In recent years, blue lights on these VIP vehicles have become even more prevalent, but not just on cars belonging to important government officials; they are also on the cars of rich businessmen and famous celebrities. Protesters have spotted individuals using the lights, not for emergency purposes, but for leisure time activities and commuting to and from work.

The Society of Blue Buckets May Have Data to Back Up Their Claims

Because many of the people who use the blue flashing lights disregard traffic laws and are alleged to put others at risk of getting hurt, the Society of Blue Buckets has become particularly passionate about its cause. A number of accidents, some of them extremely serious and at least one fatal, have become the spotlight of this cause as protesters demand the government take notice of this injustice and put a stop to it immediately.

Have you ever seen someone abusing emergency flashers in the United States? Does something like this happen in our country with police and ambulances? Share your experiences below.