How drivers are punished in Latvia for using radar detectors

According to the representative of the Zemgale regional state police department Dace Kalnina, on April 4, along the Lithuanian highway in Jelgava, a man was driving a BMW 530 equipped with an anti-radar or, more precisely, a radar detector.

This device allows you to determine the location of police radars while driving and reduce speed.

However, in Latvia the traffic regulations prohibit the use of such devices.

As a result: the police started an administrative process on the fact of the incident, the guards of the law confiscated the radar detector, and a fine of 55 euros was applied to the driver.

Hunting for the most cunning

Most drivers know that radar detectors cannot be used in Latvia. But, as you can see, some people ignore it. Moreover, despite the ban on use, such devices can be freely bought. Their cost varies from several tens to several hundred euros.

It is curious that you can buy and sell radar detectors, but you can’t ride with them. This threatens with a fine and confiscation of the device.

Do not forget: now most of the vehicles of the Traffic Police are equipped with so-called anti-radar detectors or detector detectors, which allow you to determine which vehicle is equipped with such an anti-radar.

A few years ago, the police publicly announced the purchase of devices for detecting radar detectors – 30 pieces.

Clue in the bushes

We also note: often drivers who are caught with a radar detector try to immediately get rid of the device. In one of the relatively recent cases, the driver threw the device into the bushes. However, this did not help: the device was found, and the offender had to answer.
At that time, traffic police officers were patrolling the highway in an unmarked company car when a Range Rover jeep, which was moving towards Iecava, caught their attention.

Suspicious was that he braked sharply at the moment when the police were making speed measurements. Suspicions intensified after the police noticed an object that looked like a radar detector in the cabin of a passing car.

They stopped the jeep to check. The driver obeyed the order and stopped. But the suspicious device in the cabin was no longer visible. True, at the same time, specific sounds were heard, which are usually emitted by a radar detector that has picked up signals.

Questioning began. However, the driver stubbornly denied using the prohibited item and refused to show it.

In order to get permission for the search, the road builders applied to the Bauska District Court. And while they were waiting for an answer, the man asked to get out of the car to relieve himself. When he returned, one of the policemen saw a wanted detector on the lawn. Later, when inspecting the car, a bracket was also found on which the device is attached.

As a result, a protocol was drawn up against the driver. According to the Code of Administrative Offenses (paragraph 149.24), the use of a radar detector provides for the confiscation of the device and a fine.

“He was turned off!”

If caught drivers try to challenge their fines in court, then quite often an argument like “this is not my device” or “it was turned off in my pocket” is used.

Here, for example, a Mercedes driver was driving in Riga along the street. Pernavas. In the area between St. Brivibas and Kr. The Baron stopped him for a check by the traffic police crew. And it turned out that the car was equipped with a Beltronics radar detector.

However, as soon as the police went to the car, the driver began to hide the radar detector (which they saw through the rear window). As a result, the forbidden device was found under the shirt of the detainee.

And this is where the controversy arose. The driver insisted that the radar detector was in his pocket from the very beginning, and in the off state. There was no way to attach it to the glass – the device simply did not have a mount.

What is the result? The court did not believe the driver, but the police. The claim to the administrative court was rejected, the violator had to pay a fine.

Source: GOROD.LV – новости Даугавпилса by

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