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As the Lithuanian government extended control of inter-municipal movement over the weekend, the country's police say they will execute the decision by setting up mobile checkpoints, warning that drivers might be stopped at any time and anywhere.
Kontrolės postai Kaune
Kontrolės postai Kaune
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"Police might emerge anywhere and at any time. You should better not drive without a reason. The tolerance level will be much lower and we will subject to liability immediately in cases of offence," Ramunas Matonis, spokesman for the Police Department, told BNS on Monday.

In his words, the location of mobile checkpoints and control timing will not be pre-announced. Members of the Lithuanian Riflemen's Union, Military Police, border guards and representatives of other institutions will help police to control residential movement.

"The number of police officers will probably stay similar, and we also plan to get police partners we have worked with so far involved," the police spokesman said.

The government on Sunday extended the inter-municipal movement control until January 31. The extension comes with a condition to review it in two weeks time on January 17, taking into account the latest infection case and death data in the country.

Over 44,600 vehicles have been told to turn around at checkpoints since the middle of December when the inter-municipal movement ban was introduced.

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