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Tourists Speed Up

The police in Hvolsvöllur, South Iceland, stopped three drivers for speeding yesterday. All were foreign tourists, probably used to driving at higher speeds than is permitted on Icelandic roads, 90 km/h (55 miles/h), RÚV reports.

policecar_psArchive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The fastest driver was caught by the mountain Lómagnúpur, east of the village Kirkjubæjarklaustur, driving at a speed of 133 km/h (83 miles). That is very fast for Icelandic conditions particularly given that roads in parts of Iceland are icy at this time of year.

In the first ten months of 2012, police in Hvolsvöllur stopped 999 drivers for speeding, a 58 percent increase from 2011, when 630 drivers were stopped for speeding during the same period.

The police in Hvolsvöllur told that approximately 55 percent of those caught speeding were not from Iceland.


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