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Traveller caught going 170 km/h (105 mph) on Ring Road was fined and lost license

By Staff

  • The view from the ring road Why would you be speeding through these kinds of vistas at breakneck speed? Photo/Craig Trotto

If the very real possibility of getting yourself and others killed is not enough of a deterrent against speeding, perhaps losing your drivers license and being slapped with a 100,000 ISK fine might do the trick? 

Why miss out on the view?
The Police in South Iceland stopped a foreign traveller who was going 170 km/h (105 mph) along the Ring Road just outside the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur in South Iceland. The officers took the travellers drivers license, cancelling his license on the spot, as well as issuing him a 100,000 ISK (951 USD/816 EUR) fine. 

This incidence should serve as a reminder that while the broad horizon and dramatic views from the Ring Road of South Iceland might lull many travellers into thinking there is no harm in pushing down a little harder on the accelerator, the speed limit is still 90 km/h (56 mph). The Ring Road is not designed as a high-speed motorway. The Ring Road, with its relatively narrow lanes and no shoulders, to say nothing about single lane bridges and poor weather which can create extremely challenging driving conditions, is no place for speeding. 

We at Iceland Magazine would also like to point out that the view from the Ring Road, especially in South Iceland, is just too spectacular to speed through!

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