Police with more driver’s license seizures in control weeks than last year

Police at work.: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix

For three weeks this summer, there were extra patrols along Norwegian European roads. Driver license seizures increased 27 % over the same weeks last year.

The mobile police (UP) stepped up staffing in weeks 24, 28 and 32, according to Bergens Tidende.

The result was that 6,838 drivers were taken after driving too fast. Of these, 446 lost their driver’s license.

In comparison, during the same weeks last year, 6,224 reckless drivers were stopped, and a total of 351 driver’s licenses were revoked.

The European roads are probably the most heavily congested traffic we have. And the more we control, the more we take, says UP chief Runar Karlsen to BT.

Karlsen thinks too many people drive illegally fast and take a high risk. He believes the police presence along the roads is an important measure.

We can talk about a preventive deterrent effect. A lot of people will adjust if the police are visible along the way, and that is our main purpose, he says.

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