Driver in fatal accident was under the influence

21.09.2021 - 14:46
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 Mynd: Birgir Þór Harðarson
The transportation accidents investigation committee has completed its investigation into a fatal road traffic accident on Reykjanesbraut, near Dalvegur in Kópavogur, on 10th March 2020. A passenger in a car died when the vehicle hit a lamppost.

The accident happened when the driver lost control of the car on the exit ramp from Reykjanesbraut to Dalvegur when another driver changed lanes into his path. The car hit the lamppost with its right-hand door and a 30-year-old man who was travelling in the back seat later died as a result of his injuries. 

Alcohol and drugs testing of the driver of the crashed car showed he was under the influence of illegal drugs and sedatives. 

It was also revealed that he did not have a driving licence at the time of the accident and had repeatedly been found in breach of traffic laws—including several previous drug-driving incidents without a driving licence. 

The report notes that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is still a significant problem and was a factor in three of the seven fatal traffic accidents in Iceland in 2020. Alcohol and drugs are known to inhibit drivers’ awareness of their surroundings and the speed of their reactions. Factors such as reaction, motion control and logic are reduced, and the probability of accidents is increased. 

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