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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Speedsters caught in a trap

Police figured they’d nab quite a few speeding motorists after setting up a radar control post on the main highway between Tønsberg and Sandefjord Monday morning, but even they were surprised by the numbers.

In the course of 90 minutes, they’d pulled over 34 speedsters, or slightly more than one every three minutes. In some cases, the motorists were exceeding the posted speed limit to such a degree that their drivers’ licenses were revoked on the spot.

“People are driving way too fast, and we got exactly the results we feared,” Jan Kristian Johnsrud of the Vestfold Police District told newspaper Aftenposten. The worst offenders were all men, aged 18 to 50, clocked at rates of speed as high as 151 kilometers an hour (about 90mph) on the mostly two-lane stretch of highway that has speed limits of 80- or 90kph.

At one point, police lacked enough space in the turnout they were using to ticket the drivers, meaning that some speedsters had to be waved on and got away with their traffic offense.

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