Police in Southwest Iceland set up speed traps on a road at the request of local residents, but were in for a surprise.
The police set up speed measuring devices along Norðurvellir in Reykjanesbær at the request of people who live along the residential street. The monitoring project this week found that the average speed of vehicles was 42 kilometers an hour, while the speed limit is a mere 30 km/h.
Following the results from the monitoring, police arrived on the scene and conducted manual speed checks for 11-and-a-half hours; resulting in nine drivers fined for speeding—six of whom were local residents, DV reports.
The fastest driver caught by the cops was traveling at 59 km/h, in a 30 zone, and was, it turned out, a local resident.
“The police often receive notifications of speeding on residential streets in our jurisdiction and unfortunately it is often the residents themselves who are driving these streets and not respecting speed limits,” the Suðurnes police write on their Facebook page.
They go on to ask people to work together and respect the speed limit; not least because the schools are about to go back after the summer break and the streets will soon be full of children again—some taking their first steps out into traffic without parental guidance. “Drive carefully and keep the speed down!”