A record number of Norwegians were caught driving while drunk last year

Alcohol test - drunk drivingPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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Last year, 10,378 drivers were caught driving under the influence of alcohol on Norwegian roads. The number has never been higher.

On average, 28 drivers were reported every day last year. The total number of 10,378 is an increase of 658 people from 2019.

People in the age group 25 to 34 years were reported 3,093 times. They’re followed by the age group 35 to 44 years (2,280) and 18 to 24 years (2,246).

A total of 142 people under the age of 18 were reported for driving under the influence. 

The Southeastern Police District (1,761), Eastern Police District (1,580), and Oslo Police District (1,008) issued the most reports. 

The fewest reports were issued in Finnmark (250), Troms (381), and Møre og Romsdal (504).

Worrisome numbers

According to the police, approximately 140,000 traffic trips are made daily by drivers under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication.

Although the numbers are high, they show that the police take drunk driving very seriously, according to the organization MA – Rusfri Trafikk.

“Drunk driving is a big problem in society, and it seems that many do not fully understand the potential consequences. 

“In the last three years, 80 people have lost their lives in traffic due to intoxication,” Secretary-General Elisabeth Fjellvang Kristoffersen noted.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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