Latvia Punishes Drunk Drivers by Donating Their Automobiles to Ukraine

A photo of a car getting towed by police. The government of Latvia is seizing cars and donating them to Ukraine.

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The federal government of Latvia is killing two birds with one stone with a brand new program that sends the automobiles it seizes from drunk drivers to Ukraine to help its warfare towards Russia.

Latvia, a rustic of roughly 1.9 million individuals, has the best drunk driving charge in all of Europe, based on the BBC Information. In 2022, it registered 4,300 drivers who surpassed the authorized blood alcohol restrict of 0.5%. That very same yr, the Latvian authorities handed a regulation that permits it to grab and promote the automobiles of drunk drivers with a blood alcohol stage 3 times the authorized restrict.

Nevertheless, the Latvian authorities seizes so many automobiles that it will possibly’t public sale them off quick sufficient, they usually quickly refill its public warehouses. Within the first two months of 2023, authorities within the nation had already seized 200 autos. After receiving a proposal from the NGO Twitter Convoy, which delivers donated autos to Ukraine’s entrance strains or to make use of as makeshift ambulances, the federal government determined to ship its seized automobiles to Ukraine bolster the nation’s resistance towards the Russian invasion.

The primary supply of seized Latvian automobiles made its technique to the Ukrainian entrance strains this week. Latvia plans to donate two dozen confiscated automobiles to Twitter Convoy per week.

“Nobody anticipated that individuals are drunk driving so many autos, they’ll’t promote them as quick as individuals are consuming. In order that’s why I got here with the concept – ship them to Ukraine,” Reinis Poznaks, founding father of Twitter Convoy, instructed Reuters.

The first eight automobiles seized below the brand new regulation had a mixed worth of round €18,500, or $19,600. In actual fact, a former proprietor caught a Russian flag on their seized automobile, which made Poznaks chortle, Reuters reported.

Twitter Convoy has delivered greater than 1,200 automobiles to hospitals and troopers in Ukraine, the outlet acknowledged. The NGO has additionally managed to boost $2 million to purchase autos and assist Ukraine with infrastructure and logistics in the course of the warfare.

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