In Slovakia, Police Caught a Dog Speeding Behind the Wheel of a Car
A dog was apprehended for speeding behind the wheel of a car in the village of Šterusy in western Slovakia. Local police humorously reported the incident on social media.
"Mr. Dog, you were caught speeding in the town. Please, your documents," wrote the Senica police, inventing a playful conversation.
"Please, I didn't..." barked the dog. "Well, I'll pay the fine," the police replied in a jesting tone.
The dog, found driving a Skoda car, was captured on surveillance camera exceeding the speed limit. According to the police, the vehicle was travelling at a speed of 7 miles per hour, which exceeded the allowed speed.
When the "irresponsible" driver was stopped by a patrol for speeding, a 31-year-old local resident from the Piešťany district, who was also in the car, tried to explain that his dog, Havino, suddenly jumped onto his lap.
"However, there were no sudden movements in the car captured in the photos," the police reported. Consequently, a fine was imposed on him for a traffic violation.
The police emphasized that when transporting a dog, it is important to ensure the safety of the animal and the entire crew in the car. Even a small pet can pose a threat to your life and health while driving. To prevent this, there are a number of protective systems that pet owners should use.
It is worth noting that in Latvia, fines for speeding will soon increase to 2,000 euros. The Seimas (Latvian parliament) adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Law, according to which, if a driver exceeds the speed limit by more than 70 kilometres per hour, the fine will be 400 penalty units, equivalent to 2,000 euros, and a driving ban for 36 months.
Currently, in Latvia, for speeding by more than 60 kilometres per hour, fines range from 72 to 136 penalty units, which is between 360 and 680 euros.
Outside populated areas, 71% of Latvian drivers exceed the speed limit, and Latvia appears particularly hazardous in this regard compared to other European countries. The road safety situation in Latvia, including speeding, the use of mobile devices while driving, and the number of fatalities and serious injuries in traffic accidents, is considerably worse than in most EU countries, as stated in the project annotation.