Curfew violator numbers decline in Latvia

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Fewer curfew violators were caught over the weekend, but it doesn't mean the police has time to idle, Latvian Television reported January 25.

Latvia's total statistics show that the number of curfew offenders is decreasing. A total of 3,500 proceedings were initiated during the first curfew weekend in the beginning of January, while last weekend the figure was 1,009.

“There have also been aggressive individuals, resulting in higher fines as well. The most frequent thing is that they are under the influence of alcohol, think that there is nothing they should observe, they can go where they want, be aggressive, resist the demands of police officers,” said Vita Maslobojeva, representative of the State Police Kuldīga department.

Municipal police also say that the number is smaller, but it is not predictable. The excuses for people who have not completed a self-certification are different, too. There are still those who say they have not been informed of the rules or have not noticed that the time is already past curfew.

“Those reasons are different. Some are perfectly human indeed, (..) it's understandable. But there are some who simply disrespect the rules, the rules don't apply to them,” said Kaspars Šabāns, chief of the municipality police of Kuldīga.

The curfew from 22:00 to 5:00 Friday to Sunday is in force until February 7.  

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