State highway officials reported that fatal accidents on Norwegian roads rose slightly last year, but the total remained much lower than in the 1970s despite the country’s large increase in population. Police credit better roads and safer vehicles.
They still contend that the 108 people killed in car accidents in 2018 are 108 too many. A total of 106 people were killed in 2017.
Men were once again over-represented in the statistics, accounting for 83 of the casualties. More than half of them were over age 45. “We’re still seeing an over-representation of adult males driving too fast,” Terje Moe Gustavsen, director of Statens vegvesen, told news bureau NTB.
The highest number of fatal accidents occurred in Trøndelag (10), followed by nine in Telemark and eight each in Hordaland, Rogaland and Hedmark. Vestfold and Finnmark counties registered the lowest number of fatal accidents, at three and two respectively. Of those killed, 61 were in cars, 15 on motorcycles or mopeds, 13 were pedestrians and eight were on bicycles.