Police have been out in force around Norway in recent weeks, setting up traffic controls near newly re-opened schools and after high levels of conflict involving cars, electric scooters and cyclists. A total of 33 cyclists were stopped and fined in the course of just over an hour at one control post in downtown Oslo.
Most of those bicycling to work failed to stop for red lights, a violation that costs NOK 1350. Another tried to ride off but was caught. “We could have issued far more citations than those we managed to write out,” Per Magnus Heggedal of the Oslo Police told newspaper Aftenposten.
None of the cars that were stopped ran any red lights, but some were caught driving too fast or using hand-held mobile phones while driving. Several others had alcohol levels that were too high, even in the early morning. Police seized 26 drivers’ licenses and cited more than 700 people during last week’s crackdown.