Police asks drivers to slow down near schools despite absence of signs

The State Police calls on drivers to observe a safe speed of 30 kilometers per hour in the vicinity of schools, although there are no signs to regulate it, said the Deputy Chief of State Police, Normunds Krapsis, to Latvian Television September 1.

“The time with the emergency elections of Riga City Council it has been forgotten to set up road signs with a warning that the speed of driving should be reduced to 30 kilometers per hour,” Krapsis said. He also reminded to observe other safety precautions, such as not texting and driving, and using seatbelts.

This year through August, the total number of road accidents decreased by 12%, the number of injured people by 11%, and the number of fatalities decreased slightly.

Statistics show that the number of injured children has decreased, but unfortunately the number of children killed has increased. Seven children died this year and five last year.

“It is often the human factor why children die, so we call on parents to be observant,” Krapsis said.

Police in September will intensify their focus on educational institutions.

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