Every fourth fatal accident in traffic in Norway is connected to intoxication

AmbulancePhoto: Audun Braastad / NTB

Intoxication is considered a probable contributing factor in 26% of fatal accidents in traffic last year, according to the Norwegian Public Roads Administration’s in-depth analysis of fatal accidents in 2020.

The statistics show that “lack of driving ability” is considered to have been a contributing factor in 46% of fatal accidents last year. High speed is linked to 35% of accidents, while fatigue and falling asleep are linked to 16% of fatal accidents.

A total of 93 people died in traffic last year, the lowest number in over 70 years.

Factors related to the road and the road environment are considered probable contributors to 32% of the fatal accidents, while 22% point to factors related to the vehicles involved.

Drunk driving

The proportion of fatal accidents associated with drunk driving has fluctuated in recent years but has generally been in excess of 20%.

“We are concerned that the number of traffic fatalities related to intoxication remains stably high. In the last ten years, fatalities in traffic have been reduced, while such accidents remain unchanged,” Secretary-General Elisabeth Fjellvang Kristoffersen in the organization MA – Rusfri Trafikk noted.

The organization works, among other things, to introduce alcolocks in cars (in-car breath alcohol screening instruments).

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