Over the last four months a special unmarked police vehicle fitted with a 360 degree camera has been keeping an eye on the driving culture and violations of Rīga residents, and has already caught 1,600 offences on camera, according to the State Police on February 15.
Most violations are for driving in public transportation lanes, not stopping at red lights, and many have been caught driving vehicles that are uninsured or haven’t undergone the required technical inspection. Only 96 offences were for using a phone behind the wheel.
“These offences can be seen visually. We’re talking about what a police officer sees with their own eyes, and that is recorded along with the car equipment as evidence” said State Police Traffic Safety Unity Director Normunds Krapsis.
You can see several people driving on the road and using their phones, but there aren’t that many recorded violations because the car camera needs more light to record those types of violations and the past few months have been relatively darker. The fine for using a phone behind the wheel ranges from 25 to 100 euros.
According to Krapsis, if the police have enough resources they will possibly buy more of this type of equipment in the future for use in other regions in Latvia.