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Tourists in a Hurry

The police in Hvolsvöllur, South Iceland, report that 50 percent of those caught speeding are foreign tourists.

traffic-rvk_psPhoto: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Sveinn Kristján Rúnarsson, chief of police in Hvolsvöllur, told visir.is, that some foreign drivers think it’s absolutely fine to speed, not knowing the danger of driving on Icelandic rural roads.

Conditions can be risky when all of a sudden gravel takes over from a paved road and when the road is slippery and visibility poor.

There is a big increase in traffic-related accidents, Sveinn stated, although only few of them were serious. “We need to provide better information about driving in Iceland and put up better signs, not only in Icelandic.”

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