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Drivers with Foreign Citizenship 40% of Those Stopped for DUIs

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Drivers with Foreign Citizenship 40% of Those Stopped for DUIs

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Roughly 40% of people stopped by capital-area police since the start of the year for driving under the influence have foreign citizenship, RÚV reports. In total, 1,300 people have been suspected of this infraction; 1,135 individuals have actually been stopped by police.

There have been 670 people suspected of driving under the influence of illegal drugs and 622 suspected of driving drunk. When compared to the same time period over the last three years, this is a 53% increase in people driving while high and a 40% increase in people driving while intoxicated.

Criminologist Helga Gunnarsson says that the increase in these cases could be attributed to a parallel increase in police surveillance.

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