Ten drones caught on unauthorized flights above Song Festival

Air traffic is not allowed during the Song and Dance Festival in Mežaparks, Rīga center, and the Daugava stadium neighborhood. All drone flights not coordinated with the State Police are considered illegal and are suspended. Ten unauthorized drones have been intercepted so far, Latvian Television reported July 3.

State Police said that patrolling in the airspace above Rīga is in close cooperation with the National Armed Forces. Until now, 10 drone owners have tried to look at the festivities from above without permission. Both tourist and domestic pilots' aircraft have been landed.

Māris Vitkovskis, Chief Inspector of the Special Tasks Division of the State Police, said that on Saturday, July 1, two offenses were recorded, but on Sunday, July 2, eight offenses had already been committed.

“We're identifying a specific location. If in extreme situations there seem to be potentially serious consequences, the military police can land the drone itself,” he continued.

Not in all cases a fine is imposed, but if there are several infringements, the amount of fines can be several hundred euros.

The airspace for traffic has been closed for another week until the evening of the following Monday, July 10.

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