'Speeding week' recorded 12,000 offenses throughout Latvia

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During the week of enhanced speed monitoring, the State Police recorded a total of approximately 12,000 speeding cases. The situation is not improving, said Artūrs Smilga, deputy chief of the Police Traffic Safety Board, on Latvian Television's Morning Panorama April 24.

Last week, the police turned their attention to traffic safety throughout Latvia and monitored driving speed. A 24-hour speed-control marathon was held on Friday.

Smilga said that about 1,650 speed offenders were stopped by police, while a total of 12,000 offenses were recorded by technical means. Last year, the speed-control week recorded about 7,000 violations, Smilga said.

Smilga said there were several cases where drivers were caught at a speed of 150-160 kilometers per hour. During the cold season, the maximum permitted speed on any road section of Latvia is 90 km/h.

Approximately 90% of all offenses are so-called “minor offenses”, 10-20 kilometers per hour above the permitted speed, Smilga said, indicating that unfortunately, it is still acceptable for many Latvia's drivers.

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