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ICELAND: Drivers’ Blood Alcohol Limit Lowered

A bill amending the Traffic Act with extensive changes was passed unanimously by the Icelandic parliament yesterday, RÚV reports. A decrease in the legal blood alcohol limit is one of its changes. Transport Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson says the amendments have been in the works for 12 years.

According to the new laws, the maximum blood alcohol level permitted for drivers will be lowered from 0.05% to 0.02%. The bill’s exposition states that drunk driving is the second most prevalent cause of traffic accidents in Iceland, after speeding.

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