Police begin another campaign against drunk driving in Latvia

On Monday, November 14, the State Police are launching another safety campaign against drunk driving "Don't drive like an oaf! Your reaction lags when you're tipsy", the police said.

At the beginning of this year, the State Police conducted a major study aimed at obtaining data on individuals who have repeatedly driven a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or after taking other intoxicating substances. On the basis of the State Police data, as well as the information obtained in the study, the number of offenses involved in driving a vehicle under the influence of intoxicating substances does not decrease. On the contrary, infringements committed under a particularly high alcohol intoxication – above 1.5 promilles – are increasingly prevalent.

On October 27, 2022, the Saeima adopted amendments to the Criminal Law, which will determine criminal liability for driving or teaching to drive a vehicle under heavy intoxication.

"The idea of the new national police security campaign is based on the fact that, regardless of how skilled each of us is, the intoxicating substances make an oaf out of us. The main risks of driving are due to a slowdown in the driver's response. As soon as the reaction slows down, even the quickest driver turns into a complete swoon, and his mastery clearly becomes unconvincing," said State Police's representative Juris Jančevskis.

The campaign will take place until December 14 of this year. The public will be addressed in different channels and ways, with real factual evidence focusing on what, in some cases, irreversible effects may be if road traffic rules are not complied with.

 

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