Injured tourists figures in Iceland way up in 2016

Published on : Wednesday, January 4, 2017

IcelandThe number of foreign tourists who are seriously injured in automobile accidents in Iceland have increased by about 80% during the initial ten months of 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015.


The head of the Icelandic Transport Authority has suggested that absence of awareness about the perils of driving in the region of Iceland might be a certain reason behind the rise in the number of automobile accidents among tourists.


The numbers for months of November and December of last year are yet to be analyzed.


This is the reason why the comparison to the previous years is based on the initial ten months of every year.


During the initial ten months of the year 2013, as many as 107 foreign travellers were injured in traffic accidents in this country. Out of them, at least seventeen were seriously injured and two of them had died. The next year witnessed a substantial increase, wherein 186 foreign tourists were injured in automobile accidents. Out of them, 24 were seriously injured and four of them died.


Last year, the number of injured tourists was similar.


Out of those, about 43 were seriously injured and this represents an 80% increase in a year.


Þórólfur Árnason, head of the Icelandic Transport Authority has asserted that heavier traffic is another culprit for the increased accidents in Iceland. He went on to add that there is also a lack of awareness about the driving conditions in Iceland that leads to unfortunate incidents.


He also added that increased funding would be utilized for distributing educational information through car rentals, hotel, social media and other similar locations.


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