Harsher punishments for road safety breaches to be discussed

The Road Safety Board of Transport Ministry will discuss the existing sanctions for serious administrative offenses in road traffic in an online think-tank, Latvian Radio reported November 29.

It has been previously argued that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs should not be subject to administrative short-term arrest but to the seizure of a vehicle. Such practices apply, for example, in Belgium, Denmark, Italy and France. However, only about a third of vehicles driven are owned by the driver, so their seizure would not always be proportionate as it would have consequences for the owner of the car. 

Monday's think-tank will also discuss harsher penalties for repeated gross infringements of traffic rules. The discussions will be streamed live on the Facebook page of the Ministry of Transport starting 13:00.

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