Norway’s motorists are driving slower than in 2006 with the number of accidents caused by speeding reduced, statistics show.
130 people died in accidents in 2008 that were caused entirely or in part by speeding, but the number fell in 2011 to 55.
The average speed has fallen to below the speed limit over the last few years.
According to Norway Public Roads Authority (NPRA) figures, the average speed in a 60 zone was 60.4kmh in 2006, but last year the average was 58.3kmh.
Researcher Dagfinn Moe told VG that the reduction could be due to successful campaigns within the media.
“One cannot see road traffic in isolation, it is a part of the community. Perhaps we’re more concerned with taking care of each other. For example, it is long since drunk driving was socially accepted”.
Other 2006/11 speed limits changes are as follows:
- 90kph:88.9-87.1 (two-lane), 89.9-90 (four-lane)