Drink-drive numbers rise over Midsummer festival

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The number of drunk drivers caught by police over the Midsummer holiday has increased compared with last year, state police spokesman Normunds Krapsis told LTV June 25.

The police found a total of 66 drivers drunk at the wheel and four drivers under the influence of drugs - an increase of 6 on last year's total.

The worst incident of the weekend was a fatal crash on the night of June 23 in which two people diedHowever, according to the police spokesman, this incident was not connected with the overnight celebrations and appears to have been a tragic accident.

Nevertheless, Krapsis said that despite extensive advertising campaigns by police and the road authority, individual drivers had in many cases chosen to be willfully irresponsible and put other members of the public at risk.

The State Holiday Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) had a relatively peaceful time, LTV was told by Inta Palkavniece, specialist of the Department of Prevention and Public Relations. In total the VUGD received 155 calls, with three people confirmed to have drowned.

Bu there was good news too, with a young girl who was reported missing turning up safe and well after being spotted by a member of the public following a police appeal circulated on social media.

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