“Blind” driving caused more than 200 traffic accidents on toll sites of M3, M4 and M11 highways in 2020

UTS statistics shows, 221 traffic accidents occurred on the highway sites operated by the company due to a collision with a standing vehicle within the period from January 1 to October 1, 2020. 

The perpetrators’ main explanation of the reasons entailed the accidents was the lack of proper attention at the wheel. Drivers were distracted by telephone conversations, communication in messengers or due to the use of various gadgets on the go. 

A survey conducted by UTS in collaboration with one of the media companies also confirms this statistics: 4% of drivers honestly admitted that they chat and record audio messages while driving; 14% of respondents see no danger in using cellphone on the go; 24% do not call, but answer calls while driving, and 38% of drivers regularly talk on the phone using a headset. Only 20% of drivers do not use cellphones at the wheel at all.

"When a driver averts his eyes off the road, he drives blindly. And now imagine you are driving at 110 km/h and get distracted for only 5 seconds – it turns out that you have driven 150 meters without looking at the road! Being distracted, a driver is not always capable of revealing danger in time and thus may provoke an accident, most often by hitting a standing vehicle in front. Scientists define such behavior as "unfocused driving," said Oleg Trofimov, UTS First Deputy General Director.

Paragraph 2.7 of the traffic rules prohibits the use of telephones while driving, the exact same prescription is also in article 12.36.1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation (Code of Administrative Offenses). Using a telephone that does not have a hands-free conversation device is subject to a fine of RUB 1,500. However, even using the headset while driving still causes distracted driving.

UTS operator announces a new safety campaign "Eyes on road, not on your phone" and turns to drivers with a request to comply with the traffic regulations and not get distracted by cellphones at the wheel. In all points of sales on the road sections we operate, there have been installed special information posters and warning messages are displayed on variable message signs.   

UTS also reminds you free emergency numbers on the roads: *2011 on M11, *2033 on M3 and *2044 on M4 highway.


About the company

United Toll Systems (UTS) Limited Liability Company is the first and largest operator of toll roads in Russia, providing services for road maintenance, traffic and safety, as well as toll collection. Under the framework of agreements with owners and concessionaires of toll roads UTS operates toll sections on the highways M3 Ukraine, M4 Don and M11 Neva.

Company website: www.unitoll.ru  

For additional information, please contact the UTS Communications Manager:
Svetlana Kuskova: Kuskova_s@unitoll.ru, phone: +7(925) 087 91 61