Deaths from impaired driving halved from 2018 to 2019

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In 2019, 110 people lost their lives in traffic. 20 of these were involved in accidents due to intoxication. This is half of the number from the previous year.

 – There are still far too many. We cannot rest on our laurels, and we must work hard in the future to reach the zero vision – not one killed or seriously injured in traffic, says Secretary-General Elisabeth Fjellvang Kristoffersen in MA – Drug-free Traffic in a press release.

Findings from the UAG report to the Norwegian Public Roads Administration show that ten of the twenty people who lost their lives due to driving under the influence of drugs in 2019, could have been avoided if alcolocks had been in use.

– Although I am happy with the halving of drug deaths from 2018 to 2019, it is tragic to think that half of the dead could have been alive today. We also know that many who have previously been driving under the influence of alcohol are often repeat offenders – I therefore, believe that alcohol locks must be included in the government’s alcohol strategy, says Kristoffersen.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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