Driving down the Tallin motorway, as I do four days a week, the poor quality of driving and the high level of unnecessary risk never fails to surprise me. I know I blogged about this topic last year, but having seen no noticeable improvements I decided it was time for a revisit.
A recent EU report shows an increase in road fatalities in Latvia for 201do3-14 of 18%, the highest increase in the whole of the EU, whilst most countries are showing a decrease. Other data shows that there are nearly half the speed checks in Latvia as against the European average.
I really don’t understand the seemingly apparent disinterest in Latvian authorities towards tackling the problem. Every day as I drive through Ādaži and Baltezers the driving becomes much much worse. Yet I rarely see any traffic police. Why is this?
I can only assume Latvia’s poor road traffic record is one or all of the reasons below:-
- No political will to tackle the problems
- Too few traffic police
- Poor traffic management
- Car insurance too cheap
- Poor education
A Latvian friend also suggested that a reason no police are seen around Ādaži is that so many influential people live there. Could be a reason, but I would hate to think so.
I would love to know what my Latvian readers think. Have a look at the European report, makes depressing reading.