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Bulgaria Faces Russian Road Roulette Threat

Bulgarian prosecutors are investigating a new gambling game that apparently got the whole country worrying for their lives. It seems that Bulgarian drivers defy death by speeding through red lights for bets that go up to 5,000 Euros ($7,400), said Sofia’s chief prosecutor’s office.

The “Russian Road Roulette” has one very simple rule: drive at full speed on a red light at busy intersections and hope not to crash into any other cars or pedestrians, according to local media reports. The driver is not the only one involved in the betting, as onlookers gamble on the chances as well.

In June, two bystanders died after a motorcyclist crashed into the crowed at such an event that took place on the Bulgarian capital’s ring road. Police launched a vast investigation after media reported this new trend as getting bigger and bigger. It seems that this game started in the summer of 2009.

Every time we receive a signal for such an unregulated race, we send patrols,” said Commissioner Vanio Stoevski, head of the Sofia Road Police in an interview for Reuters. Police continues to watch over the roads where such events are typically held.

Investigators said that people taking part in such actions are informed via text message regarding the location and the particular night it takes place in.

As you might already know, the russian roulette is a potentially lethal game of chance in which participants place a single round in a revolver, spin the cylinder, place the muzzle against their head and pull the trigger. Usually, their motives are displays of bravado, boredom or suicide. The road version seems to be just as dangerous.
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