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21 Percent Fewer Traffic Accidents in Iceland

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21 Percent Fewer Traffic Accidents in Iceland

Photo: Kolbrún Jónsdóttir.

Fatal and serious traffic accidents in the first ten months of this year were fewer than during the same period in recent years, according to the Icelandic Transport Authority (ICETRA), RÚV reports.

In the first ten months of 2016 there were 204 serious injuries or fatalities caused by traffic accidents in Iceland. This year that number was 157. This corresponds to a 21 percent decrease between years. ICETRA Public Relations Manager Þórhildur Elínardóttir says the decrease is a welcome development and a result of changes that began in 2013.

Þórhildur says the biggest decrease in accidents is among young drivers, largely due to more comprehensive education and prevention efforts. It is notable that the number of traffic accidents among tourists has decreased slightly, despite their greatly increased numbers.

Unfortunately, accidents involving cyclists are increasing and are expected to reach 150 cases this year. The number of cyclists in traffic has greatly increased, however, so the percentage of injuries per rider is not increasing.

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