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Authorities consider pedestrian restrictions. 23 killed last year. There’s nothing to stop pedestrians crossing the road on red in Norway. Now, the Public Roads Administration (Statens vegvesen/NPRA) says it’s considering making it illegal. “Banning it seems logical to me,” Vibeke Rørholt, district manager at the Norwegian Council for Road Safety (Trygg Trafikk) in Oslo tells NRK.

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Authorities consider pedestrian restrictions

Published on Wednesday, 31st March, 2010 at 10:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

23 killed last year.

Norwegian traffic signals
Norwegian traffic signals
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There’s nothing to stop pedestrians crossing the road on red in Norway. Now, the Public Roads Administration (Statens vegvesen/NPRA) says it’s considering making it illegal.

“Banning it seems logical to me,” Vibeke Rørholt, district manager at the Norwegian Council for Road Safety (Trygg Trafikk) in Oslo tells NRK.

There’s an average of four pedestrian deaths or injuries per year in the city alone.

Whilst the NRPA’s senior engineer, Eivind Kvambe, says they’ll be discussing it internally before taking it further.

According NRK, a ban has already been introduced in other European countries, and you could be fined 500 kroner if the police catch you in Denmark.

But not everyone agrees with prohibiting the practice. One pedestrian says he won’t stop, even if he has to.

 “I think people can take responsibility for it themselves,” he says.



Published on Wednesday, 31st March, 2010 at 10:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: pedestrians, crossing, killed, norway, norwegian, public, road, administration, traffic, safety.





  
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