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Latvian police points towards stagnation in road traffic safety

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSo far this year 91 people have died in road traffic accidents in Latvia. According to State Police Road Traffic Safety Office Chief Normunds Krapsis, stagnation is present for road traffic safety.

The situation with road traffic safety has improved in the past ten years. Nevertheless, this year’s and last year’s results show that a kind of stagnation is present in the sector, because it threatens the goal for the number of lethal outcomes and inured in road accidents to be reduced by 50% by 2020, said Krapsis.

The main risk factors for serious accidents include people’s nihilistic attitude towards road traffic rules, poor technical state of their vehicle and the state of road infrastructure. Statistical data for September proves the presence of nihilism among people, because out of six people killed in road accidents, four did not have reflective gear at night.

Another risk factor is that the number of drunk drivers has not reduced much.

Krapsis says state institutions have to work and think of other ways to influence road traffic participants’ conscience. Road traffic safety campaigns are not enough. He believes the only way to influence the situation is by using several measures together: police visibility, speed cameras and appropriate road infrastructure.

National Forensic Science Office expert Oskars Irbītis admits that the majority of road traffic accidents in the city occur on intersections, and the most often cause for them is when the opposite driving car gets ‘cut off’ by another trying to outrun it, which often ends in tragedy.

Outside of cities, however, the most common reasons for accidents include reckless driving and exceeding permitted speed limits, and poor technical state of vehicles involved.

Irbītis also notes that drivers who received their license only recently often drive carefully because they have not yet gained enough courage. After a couple of years, however, drivers get enough courage to drive recklessly. This is the most dangerous period. Only once people have acquired enough experience, they become better at driving and less prone to accidents, he says.

Most often men aged 20 to 40 end up in road traffic accidents, according to data from police.

Irbītis also turns attention towards the correlation between the age of vehicles and consequences of accidents. «The older the car, the worse the consequences, because the poorer the technical state, the worse the damage,» says the experts.

For the third consecutive year, all European member states will organize European Traffic Police Network a campaign in cooperation with European Commission ‘European Day Without a Road Death’ this Wednesday, 19 September.


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  1. Zerry says:

    Speed cameras itself cause problems nowadays. Better would be cameras meaduring average speed between points.

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