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Police more visible on Icelandic roads

The Icelandic Road Administration, the Road Traffic Directorate and the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police signed an agreement yesterday on behalf of the Transport Ministry to increase police traffic surveillance.

“This agreement marks a turning point. It includes further tightening [police] surveillance on highways and in urban areas. […] Police can [now] be more visible and provide more supervision than earlier,” said Transport Minister Sturla Bödvarsson in his address at the signing of the agreement yesterday.

The agreement, based on the ministry’s 2005-2008 traffic safety plan, provides the police with funds for purchasing eight new police motorcycles, 32 radars with cameras for police vehicles, 16 automatic cameras to be installed at highways to monitor traffic and 11 breath detectors.

Additionally two new police officers will be hired to assist with issuing fines based on pictures taken by the automatic cameras.

The transport minister ended his address by saying that he would like to see increased information on traffic safety in elementary schools and in high schools in Iceland. “It is important that children and teenagers get the feeling straight away that being a pedestrian, cyclist and motorist comes with a lot of responsibility,” he said.

The agreement and a revised plan will be submitted to parliament in the next few days, as reported in a press release issued by the Transport Ministry yesterday.

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