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Increased Cases of Speeding in Iceland’s Capital

There have been an unusually high number of cases of speeding in the capital region in past weeks. Since August 10, almost 800 speeding violations have been registered, excluding those picked up by speed cameras.

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Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Motorcyclists have been stopped at a speed of almost 200 kilometers per hour and drivers of powerful cars at 155 in areas where the speed limit is 80 kilometers per hour. The drivers are of all ages and both genders, although most commonly young men, Morgunbladid reports.

Both the police and the Road Traffic Directorate have expressed concern about the development. However, they hope that this is a temporary situation considering that speeding comes in waves, and overall speed limit violations and the number of serious traffic accidents have actually decreased over a longer period of time.

In most cases drivers caught speeding are fined up to ISK 150,000 (USD 1,300, EUR 932) and their driving licenses confiscated for three months, but some cases are taken to court.

Click here to read of a recent case where speeding ended in accident.

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