Latvia started seizing automobiles from closely drunk drivers this yr, and as a whole bunch of automobiles started overfilling impound heaps, determined to ship them to the Ukrainian navy and hospitals. Seven automobiles had been pushed in a snowstorm onto a trailer and out of a state impound lot on Wednesday, destined for Ukraine.
200 automobiles had been taken from drivers discovered with blood alcohol ranges over 0.15% in two months within the Baltic nation of 1.9 million individuals.
“It is truly very scary whenever you realise what number of automobiles are driving round with drunk drivers,” mentioned Reinis Poznaks, founding father of the NGO often known as Twitter Convoy which has been tasked by the federal government to ship the automobiles to Ukraine.
The 2-dozen confiscated automobiles the state has promised at hand him every week to ship to Ukraine will take a look at the boundaries of his largely volunteer operation, Poznaks mentioned.
“No-one anticipated that persons are drunk-driving so many automobiles, they cannot promote them as quick as persons are ingesting. In order that’s why I got here with the concept – ship them to Ukraine,” Poznaks mentioned.
He laughed as he discovered a Russian flag pinned in one of many confiscated automobiles, left there by its proprietor.
Twitter Convoy has already dispatched about 1,200 automobiles, after asserting a plea for donations on Twitter days after Russia’s invasion began on February 24 final yr. It raised 2 million euros ($2.1 million) for automobile purchases, renovations, and logistics in 2022.
Latvian Finance Minister Arvils Aseradens mentioned the federal government was impressed by the success of the NGO to drop makes an attempt to public sale the automobiles: “We mentioned, effectively, you’ll be able to take these automobiles … and (Poznak) says, ‘Oh, that is superb!'”
“We’re able to do virtually something to assist Ukrainians.”
At a police raid on Wednesday, the place 4 officers closed a Riga street for half an hour to test each driver for alcohol, none was discovered drunk.
However 4,300 drivers had been discovered over-the-limit on Latvia’s roads final yr, police mentioned, and had been concerned in nearly thousand accidents in 2022.
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