Police starts fining foreign drivers abroad

The State Police (VP) has prepared and sent the first tickets for foreign drivers that have violated Latvian traffic laws, reported Latvian Radio Friday.

The first tickets were sent to Lithuanian nationals, and in the nearest future speeding tickets will be sent to speeders elsewhere in Europe.

"On October 29 Latvia too started exchanging information about traffic violations by foreigners.

We started with our neighbors Lithuanians as it's Lithuanian drivers who, of all foreigners together, commit the most violations in traffic, and soon tickets will be sent to violators in other [EU] member states," said Vineta Mistre,deputy head of VP's Traffic Safety Department.

"Just as we can inform foreigners about traffic violations made in Latvia, Latvians who have violated traffic law in any other EU country will get a ticket for their violation,"  said Mistre.

The State Police noted that Latvian drivers who have committed traffic violations in another EU state will not go unpunished.

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