On November 25, an amendment to the Criminal Code came into effect that provides criminal liability for drunk driving. Criminal liability is established when the alcohol concentration he exceeds 1.5 per mil, Latvian state police remind.
The Amendment provides criminal liability for driving or teaching someone to drive while under the influence of narcotics, psychotropics, poisons, or other intoxicating substances. No specific limits or hazards are listed for these substances.
According to the state police, data show that the number of victims of various traffic accidents caused by drunk driving has unfortunately remained unchanged in Latvia. Most of the drunk drivers who were caught behind the wheel were particularly drunk.
Kriminālatbildība paredzēta arī par transportlīdzekļa vadīšanu vai mācīšanu vadīt transportlīdzekli, atrodoties narkotisko, psihotropo, toksisko vai citu apreibinošu vielu ietekmē.
— Valstspolicija (@Valsts_policija) November 24, 2022
Drunk driving is subject to penalties of up to one year in prison, short-term deprivation of liberty, probation, community service, or loss of driver’s license for up to five years.
BNN previously reported that Saema 13th had passed the third amendment to the Penal Code, stipulating criminal liability for drunk driving if the breath alcohol concentration exceeded 1.5 per mil. Saima also passed an accompanying amendment to the Road Traffic Act.
https://bnn-news.com/drunk-driving-is-a-criminal-offence-in-latvia-as-of-25-november-240365 Drunk driving will be a crime in Latvia from 25 November – Baltic News Network