Monday, 20 November, 2017

Every fourth young driver in Norway overspeeds

16 Oct 2017, 21:19 ( 1 Month ago) | updated: 16 Oct 2017, 21:48 ( 1 Month ago)

DF-Xinhua Report
Camera set up beside the road. DF Photo.

 

New survey has shown that young Norwegian drivers, especially male, are overrepresented among those who break the speed limits, broadcaster TV2 reported Monday.

A total of 23.2 percent of interviewed youth that are between 18 and 29 years old admitted to having broken the speed limit with "good margin" in the last month, according to the survey.

Only 8.6 percent of those over 65 years of age said the same, said the survey, which was conducted by Norwegian market research company InFact on behalf of tire company Continental.

According to the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, 135 people died on Norwegian roads last year. One of the reasons for more than 50 percent of the deaths is driving over speed limit.

"The vision we have is that there should be zero injured, zero killed and zero accidents in traffic. We believe this is possible by using good tires and good assistance systems in the cars, but we must also work with attitudes. If the young people have so little respect for the speed limits, that can be difficult," said Hege Eike Lie from Continental.

According to the report, it is not uncommon to see drivers driving at 80 km per hour (kph) in a 60 kph zone, which can lead to deadly situations. In case people drive even faster, chances are even less to cope with avoiding a moose, a meeting car or another obstacle that may arise.

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