Blood alcohol limit lowered in Iceland

On January 1, new traffic laws which were passed by Alþingi in June take effect. The laws include significant changes to existing traffic laws, including permitting authorities to ban or limit traffic to reduce pollution, and raising speed limits to 110km/h (68m/h) where opposing lanes are separated and conditions allow.

The new legislation also lowers the maximum blood alcohol level permitted for drivers from 0.05% to 0.02%. Thus, a driver will not be considered safely able to control his vehicle if his blood alcohol level is above 0.02%. However, the penalty limit will remain at 0.05%, meaning drivers will not be penalised unless their blood alcohol level is measured above 0.05%.

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