Police have new camera to capture cellphone use behind the wheel

Anyone who has driven on Latvia's roads for more than 10 minutes cannot fail to notice that use of the cellphone while driving is commonplace. But now police say they have a new tool to crack down on chatterbox chauffeurs driving without due care and attention.

A new patrol car is equipped with photo and video cameras, which both capture the driver's behavior at the wheel and read and check the vehicle registration number, Normunds Krapsis, the head of the State Police's Traffic Safety Bureau told LTV's Morning Panorama news show.

According to Krapsis the system works similarly to photoradar - in case of a violation, the driver will be issued with a penalty - and the camera is capable of picking up all manner of strange or dangerous behavior, so be careful what you do while driving.

Krapsis also said that after years as one of Europe's most dangerous driving destinations, the number of road deaths was falling and safety measures were gradually improving the situation, though much more work remains ahead.

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