The celebration of "Līgo" should not be "dragged in", two days are enough for the celebration.
Jānis Vanks, the director of the Safe Driving School:
"The Midsummer Festival "Līgo" is fast approaching and there are four days off in a row this year. Given the celebration habits, I urge the public to be responsible and take the wheel only when all the consequences of the celebration have been overcome. Risks during the holidays are not only caused by drunk drivers, but also by intoxicated pedestrians or cyclists, as well as drivers who drink a little alcohol and are not forced to sit behind the wheel during the holidays. "
The margin of tolerance is often subject to interpretation.
According to the Carlsberg 0.0 Responsible Driving Index, 32% of drivers tend to drive even if they drink alcohol - 25% say they drink up to 0.5 per cent, and 6% say they use it once or a few times a year. also tend to drive above the 0.5 per mille limit, but 1% indicate that they do so several times a year. In my opinion, the problem largely lies in the fact that there is this permissible limit in Latvia, which means that, albeit a little, alcohol can be consumed while driving, as long as there is zero tolerance on this issue in neighboring Estonia. In our case, the permissible limit is often subject to interpretation - drivers themselves decide how far this "can" stretches, and some who are taller or heavier decide that this limit is higher for them, and so on. In fact, is there no good reason to keep the permissible limit? The fact that in Latvia we are ranked 2nd in Europe in terms of the number of victims on the roads in a negative sense, shows that there is still a lot of homework to be done in this area.
At the wheel only with a clear head and well-being.
This year, Midsummer's celebration Day is just before the weekend, which means that a large part of the population will have four days off in a row. I very much hope that this does not mean that celebration and alcohol consumption will be delayed. On the contrary, I hope that people will be responsible, celebrate and spend the weekend recovering after the holidays and sitting behind the wheel with a clear head and well-being. Two days are enough for the holiday.
Intoxicated pedestrians and cyclists.
In addition to the risk that drunk drivers will not be behind the wheel during the holidays, it should be taken into account that traffic accidents have the worst consequences in the summer - during the warmest part of the year, drivers are more confident, choose higher speeds and overtake more often. During the holidays, people who are not asleep or who rarely drive every day often sit at the wheel. Intoxicated pedestrians and cyclists can also create dangerous situations.
Do not overestimate your strength.
Habits will probably be affected by fuel prices this year, and we'll take a closer look at how far and how often you drive, but it's best to go to your destination first, plan everything so you don't have to go anywhere again, and have enough time to relax. celebration. Let us not overestimate our strength and be responsible to ourselves and our fellow human beings!