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Speed limit control marathon helps catch more violators than last year

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAt the beginning of the marathon, police noticed that most drivers were keeping to reasonable driving speeds. No major violations were registered at the beginning. By the end of the event, however, the number of drivers caught exceeding the speed limit had increased significantly.

Throughout this marathon, Latvian police registered nearly 100 more speed limit violations in comparison with last year. 709 drivers of 2,116 vehicles inspected in total had exceeded the allowed speed limit.

Multiple cases of drivers significantly violating the allowed speed limit were registered as well. One of the most major speed limit violations took place around 19:40 in Zemgale. A 1992-born driver of an Audi 100 was caught driving at a speed of 162 km/h in an area where the allowed speed limit is 90 km/h. Upon examining the driver, police found that he was drunk and had no driver’s licence. The man has a previous record of drunk driving, as he was previously caught by the police in 2013, as reported by State Police.

In Kurzeme, police caught a driver who was driving at 164 km/h around midnight. Another major speed limit violation was registered in Kurzeme – 111 km/h instead of the permitted 50 km/h.

The largest number of speed limit violations – 198 – was registered in Zemgale during the marathon. 154 were registered in Vidzeme, 152 – in Riga region and 149 in Kurzeme. The smallest number of speed limit violations was registered in Latgale – 56.

Speed limit monitoring during this event was provided by nearly 300 State Police officials.

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  1. LH says:

    The first guy probably gets a 29€ fine and that’s it. But, hey, no surprise, if even ministers under influence of alcohol can knock down people with a car in Riga for a 7€ fine.

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