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Road accidents took 139 lives last year in Latvia

Last year 139 people were killed in road traffic accidents in Latvia, including 10 children, the Chief of State Police Normunds Krapsis said in an interview to Latvian Radio February 25.

Compared to 2019, when 132 people died in road accidents, including 5 children, the situation deteriorated last year – 139 people died, including 10 children.

State Police chief said that “we have stepped back and, unfortunately, there is no positive aspect”. Krapsis explained that Latvia has not come close to the European Union's target of halving the number of road accidents compared to 2010. The goal of reducing road deaths to zero by 2050 has further distanced itself.

Krapsis said that the total number of road accidents has decreased last year, which could be due to the fact that there are fewer road users during the Covid-19 pandemic and therefore the roads are more free. However, he said that the pandemic also showed more aggression on the roads, which could explain the increase in the number of deaths.

At the same time, Krapsis said that the concentration of police forces for the Covid-19 pandemic and the control of national restrictions had left road traffic control neglected.

 

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