Hundreds of cars confiscated from drunk drivers to be supplied to Ukraine's military and hospitals
Latvia is sending cars that have been confiscated from drunk drivers to Ukraine.
The first transport cars were sent this week to "where they are most needed," said Latvian authorities.
Latvia said it would provide two dozen seized vehicles to Ukraine each week.
Cars that have been confiscated from drunk drivers in Latvia are being sent to Ukraine in a new scheme to support the country's war effort.
Earlier this week, eight cars were taken on the back of a trailer from an impound lot in Latvia to be transported to "where they are most needed," Latvia's State Revenue Service said in a tweet.
The government tasked the transport of the seized cars to the Agendum group — a Latvian NGO that delivers vehicles to Ukraine — who will donate them to the Ukrainian military and hospitals.
—VID (@vid_gov) March 8, 2023
"It's actually very scary when you realize how many cars are driving around with drunk drivers," Reinis Poznaks, founder of the NGO Twitter Convoy in association with Agendum, told Reuters in an interview.
"No one expected that people are drunk-driving so many vehicles, they can't sell them as fast as people are drinking. So that's why I came with the idea — send them to Ukraine," Poznaks said.
Poznaks also tweeted a picture of the cars being transported and said, "The journey from our garage to Ukraine begins today. One car will redeem not only alcohol but also ideological karma."
—UkReinis Pozņaks (@poznaks) March 8, 2023
The eight cars are just the first to be dispatched to Ukraine, as two hundred cars were seized from drivers with blood alcohol levels over 0.15% in two months, according to Reuters. Authorities in the country said they would give the organization two dozen cars every week.
The Baltic nation has one of the highest drunk driving rates in Europe, according to the BBC.
Last month, the Latvian parliament passed a law allowing the transfer of state-owned vehicles — usually sold or recycled — to Ukraine, according to Euronews.
The cars will be delivered to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence army units, the Vinnitsa Regional Clinical Hospital, and the Kupyansk Council Territorial Medical Association, according to a government statement.
"Once again, we have demonstrated our unity in our support for Ukraine. I believe that every act of support, big or small, brings us closer to victory in this senseless war," Arvils Ašeradens, Latvia's Minister for Finance, said.
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