Road deaths at record low in 2016

Last year was a record low in road crash deaths in Latvia with 157 people dying on the roads, State Police Traffic Safety Authority chief Normunds Krapsis told LTV's Rīta panorāma on January 10.

He said that these data are provisional yet with official confirmation coming in February. However the statistics are to shift minimally if at all.

According to data by Latvia's statistics office, 212 people died on Latvia's roads in 2014 and 188 in 2015.

He said that if road deaths continue to shrink, Latvia might approach levels close to the EU average.

However there is worry that a lack of funds could exacerbate the situation if EU money is cut post-2020.

Recently the Transport Ministry unveiled a road traffic safety plan for the 2017-2020 period, aiming to reduce road fatalities by 50% until 2020.

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