Police urge Latvian drivers to stay safe at year's end

Police are urging drivers to drive responsibly over the Christmas and New Year period in Latvia, and particularly to ensure they do not get behind the wheel with alcohol in their systems from seasonal festivities.

Speaking on LTV's Rīta Panorama show December 23, Normunds Krapsis, head of the State Police's Traffic Safety Department warned that patrol cars would be vigilant.

Over the Christmas holidays, police will intensify roadside safety checks, especially by checking drivers for drunk driving via breathalyzer tests. The police will be primarily on the country's major roads, but are also expected to be surprising unwitting motorists on local roads, too. "Let's try to be where we are less expected," Krapsis said.

But checks will not only be looking for drunk drivers and will extend intio making sure suitable safety seats are fitted if children are travelling and other safety considerations.

He also said that while snow and ice are not currently a major problem due to mild temperatures, the long, dark nights present problems of their own and pedestrians in particular should make sure they can be clearly seen by other road users by wearing reflectors and other bright materials.


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