Traffic-related death rate has increased by 20% since last year in Latvia

The number of people who died in car crashes has increased by 20% since 2018, said Normunds Krapsis, the head of the State Police Traffic Safety Administration in an interview with Latvian Television on June 21.

Krapsis emphasized that there will be an increased number of policemen patrolling the roads on Jāņi in an effort to discourage “madmen behind the wheel”. The police urges the public not to be reckless – to get a good night's sleep after the festival or choose driver's who are sober. “As we do every year, we'll increase road policing. There'll be mass checks and raids,” said Krapsis.

The number of people who died in car crashes has increased by 20% since 2018, said Normunds Krapsis, the head of the State Police Traffic Safety Administration in an interview with Latvian Television on June 21.

Krapsis emphasized that there will be an increased number of policemen patrolling the roads on Jāņi in an effort to discourage “madmen behind the wheel”. The police urges the public not to be reckless – to get a good night's sleep after the festival or choose driver's who are sober. “As we do every year, we'll increase road policing. There'll be mass checks and raids,” said Krapsis.

The number of people who died in car crashes has increased by 20% since 2018, said Normunds Krapsis, the head of the State Police Traffic Safety Administration in an interview with Latvian Television on June 21.

Krapsis emphasized that there will be an increased number of policemen patrolling the roads on Jāņi in an effort to discourage “madmen behind the wheel”. The police urges the public not to be reckless – to get a good night's sleep after the festival or choose driver's who are sober. “As we do every year, we'll increase road policing. There'll be mass checks and raids,” said Krapsis.

The head of the police department affirms that in recent years the situation with traffic accidents during the summer solstice has been stable and that the tragic toll of 2000 will not recur. However, Latvians should avoid sitting behind the wheel after alcohol consumption, as the number of deaths from car accidents has increased by 20% since last year, Krapsis emphasised.

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