Holidays brought over 300 road accidents in Latvia

During the Christmas holidays, from December 24 to 26, the State Police had to work intensely as there were many accidents on the roads, Arturs Smilga, chief executive of the State Police Transport Monitoring and Coordination Office, told Latvian Radio December 27.

“The holidays were relatively peaceful in terms of the number of offenders, drunk drivers, but it was a rather tense period for the police due to road accidents,” Smilga said.

A total of 331 accidents were recorded over three days, with 41 people injured. There were no deaths on the roads these days.

The police spokesman pointed to winter weather and slippery roads. "It's winter and people need to realize that we need to drive more carefully. Road maintainers, in my view, do what they can, and there shouldn't be reproach toward them. People just need to be aware that it's winter now, it's slippery and [they] should drive smarter,” Smilga added.

Police have also observed aggressive driving, with drivers deliberately drifting. During the holiday, 43 cases of administrative misconduct have been initiated for such driving.

Meanwhile, 45 drivers were caught drunk driving, half of whom were heavily intoxicated, above 1.5 pro mille.

The police will be working in enhanced mode until the end of the annual holiday, paying particular attention to whether drivers are intoxicated.

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