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Norway’s speed limits to drop. The Norwegian Minister of Transport wants to reduce speed limits by 10 kilometres per hour to reduce accident statistics. Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa argues her proposal will save 10 lives a year, and cut down the number of serious injuries on approximately 500 kilometres of Norwegian roads. “We must view this as contributing towards preventing the tragic loss of human life in traffic accidents”, she tells NRK.

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Norway’s speed limits to drop

Published on Tuesday, 15th March, 2011 at 13:33 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan and Michael Sandelson   .

The Norwegian Minister of Transport wants to reduce speed limits by 10 kilometres per hour to reduce accident statistics.

90kph Norwegian road sign
90kph Norwegian road sign
Photo: Statens vegvesen


Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa argues her proposal will save 10 lives a year, and cut down the number of serious injuries on approximately 500 kilometres of Norwegian roads.

“We must view this as contributing towards preventing the tragic loss of human life in traffic accidents”, she tells NRK.

50 percent of fatal accidents are partly caused by high speeds, according to the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA). The minister’s move will affect 90 and 80kph high-accident areas without central barriers.

“Results from Sweden show speed reduction has had a positive effect. I certainly think it’s worth trying out here,” says Mrs Kleppa.

Director of Roads Terje Moe Gustavsen agrees lower limits are the answer. Authorities are also considering increasing the number of speed checks to enforce them. Even though this will cost money, Mr Gustavsen says, “believe me it is well-invested.”

Transport and road-user interest organisation the Norwegian Road Federation is in favour of more speed controls short-term, but disagrees with lower limits.

“I am sure the Minister can find better means to reduce road deaths. There are a variety of vehicle-mounted options available, such as speed limiters, belt warning systems, and alcometres,” Vilrid Femoen, Director of Policy at the organisation, tells The Foreigner.

According to NRK, she also fears Mrs Kleppa’s measure have a negative effect on the regions.

“This will increase the travel time between them. I think one should assess this move once again in relation to the goal of regional development, which should also be promoted as part of the Government’s transport policy”, Ms Femoen says.



Published on Tuesday, 15th March, 2011 at 13:33 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwegianpublicroadsadministration, norwegianroadaccidents, magnhildmeltveitkleppa, terjemoegustavsen, vilridfemoen.





  
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