Parliament okays steeper fines for using phone while driving

On June 21 the Latvian parliament adopted higher fines for using the phone while driving, not using the turn signal, for not having one's seat belt fastened and driving children without booster seats.

Using the phone while driving is to be punishable with a fine of €25 to €100. Currently it's either a warning or up to €15. The word "phone", in the law, is also taken to mean any smart device like a tablet. 

Last year, the police issued 3,390 tickets for using the phone while driving; nevertheless, new police cars are to be fitted with better detectors.

Not using the turn signal will be punishable by €15 to €30. Like with the phones, currently it's either a warning or a fine of up to €15. Nevertheless the previous rules will continue to apply to cyclists and moped drivers, who can be fined with up to €7.

While people who don't use seatbelts will be fined with up to €70. Driving children not restrained by a booster seat will be punishable with €70.

The amendments to traffic law also specify what constitutes 'aggressive driving' in more detail: drifting, as well as rear-wheel driving with a motorcycle will be punishable with €70 to €280.

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