From Iceland — Half Of Speeders Are Foreign Tourists

Half Of Speeders Are Foreign Tourists

Published April 11, 2013

Roughly half of those pulled over for speeding in Iceland are foreign tourists, Vísir reports.
Chief of police Sveinn Kristján Rúnarsson told Vísir that he believes this is due to tourists not being familiar with dangers of driving on Icelandic roads or the importance of taking caution when driving in this environment.
People may drive off of roads that shift unpredictably from pavement to gravel, black ice can become present without warning, and sudden changes in weather often affect visibility.
Sveinn said he believes this is a pressing issue which needs to be dealt with before the problem becomes worse, noting that there should be more educating of drivers and that it would be beneficial if road signs were not only in Icelandic.
Fortunately, he said this hasn’t led to an increase in big accidents, but the increased number of speeders is nonetheless an added burden on police.

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