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New law to prevent traffic accidents

A new bill with stricter measures against traffic violations will become law at the end of April. The law is aimed towards young drivers and those who repeatedly violate traffic regulations.

On Wednesday a 17-year-old was caught driving at 136 km per hour in Reykjavík, the same day he received his driving license, Fréttabladid reports.

The new law states that young drivers who have been given four points for traffic violations will be banned from driving until they’ve passed a new driving test.

Sigurdur Helgason, a project leader of traffic education at the Road Traffic Directorate, said it is not always fair to focus on young drivers. He said the youngest group does cause many accidents but is also eager to learn about traffic safety.

“Education about the consequences of speeding is the strongest weapon we have. It is extremely important to put more effort into education and we also have to strengthen the forming of attitude through parents who are powerful role models,” Helgason said.

Between 40 and 60 drivers are fined for speeding in the capital region every day. Last year 13 were killed in traffic in Iceland due to speeding.

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