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Latvian Environment Minister to pay EUR 7 fine for hitting a woman with a car

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe traffic accident in Old Riga involving a woman and the car driven by Latvian Environmental and Regional Development Minister Kaspars Gerhards, who was also slightly drunk when it occurred, will not cost him too much – the minister is sentenced to pay a fine of a mere EUR 7, as reported by Pietiek.

«The driver had breached Road Traffic Rules. For this, a fine of seven euros has been applied to him in accordance with Part 14 of Section 149.9 of the Latvian Code of Administrative Violations,» – as mentioned in the report of Latvian State Police.

As it is known, Gerhards hit an old lady near the church not with his personal Nissan Pathfinder, but with the ministry’s Volvo. As it turned out, he decided to use the ministry’s owned car for his personal needs that Sunday.

The minister’s public relations advisor Arnis Zacmanis has confirmed that Gerhards was in fact driving the ministry’s car. He said, however, that it was allowed by the ministry’s rules, which state that the three highest ranking officials of the ministry – the minister, state secretary and parliamentary secretary – are allowed to use the ministry’s cars for personal needs during holidays.

This is allowed in order for the minister and two other officials would be able to «arrive to work if an emergency situation requires their presence». Because driver services for the minister’s car is provided by the Saeima car park, it is decided that official cars are to be driven by officials during holidays. What are these rules and when they were adopted is unknown, as the ministry has not yet provided an explanation.

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  1. Tom says:

    things like this make me sick, the guy should be either locked up, lose his licence, or prison preferably all three.

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  2. Donald says:

    One can only imagine this heavy fine does discourage our Minister Kaspars Gerhards from shoving his way ’round Old Town, knocking down defenseless ladies in his fine ride. Should it not, one might question the usefulness of Part 14 of Section 149.9 of the Latvian Code of Administrative Violations with respect to knocking down the fine ladies of Latvia while being slightly drunk in an official vehicle, but not on government business. Some may want to pay only 7 Euro to knock about other ministers of our government. We should revisit and amend the law, but after our slightly drunk Minister Kaspars Gerhards gets a more just punishment as Tom suggests.

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