Police to keep an eye on speeding this week in Latvia

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From April 17 to 23, all European Union Member States are organizing a European Road Police Network ROADPOL speed monitoring week in which Latvia will also participate. The State Police, in addition to monitoring compliance with daily road traffic rules, will pay increased attention to speeding, the police said April 18.

For several years now, ROADPOL has been paying increased attention to speeding in the spring. ROADPOL also holds a 'speed marathon' for 24 hours, this year on Friday, April 21, from midnight to midnight.

Deputy Chief of the State Police Traffic Safety Board Artūrs Smilga said in the "Morning Panorama" broadcast on Latvian Television Tuesday: “On Friday, a speed control marathon will be carried out, where the forces involved will monitor the permitted speed. Depending on the speed exceeded it may be necessary to part from the driver's license and a fairly high amount of money that can reach up to EUR 1,000."

The police are still observing daily that there are drivers who are not aware of how dangerous the speed is. Smilga said: “Every week there are cases where the police have to chase the speeders. I'm afraid those who fle don't really understand the hazards they're causing."

In 2022, the State Police recorded 63,313 speeding cases. Meanwhile, 72,974 offenses were recorded with mobile speed cameras and 256,096 were detected on stationary speed cameras.

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