Icelandic police say tourists keep crashing because they're distracted by the Northern Lights

Posted On: Jan 14, 2019   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Icelandic police say tourists keep crashing because they're distracted by the Northern Lights

Akureyri Police Superintendent Johannes Sigfusson said people are paying attention to the sky instead of Iceland's icy, windy and narrow roads.
Of the 18 people who died in traffic accidents in Iceland last year, half of them were foreign nationals.
In 2017, more foreign nationals died in traffic accidents than Iceland residents.
Police in Iceland said that tourists are crashing their cars on the country's windy roads because they're distracted by the northern lights.
The roads in Iceland can be icy, windy and narrow, and some people are paying more attention to the sky than where they're driving, Akureyri Police Superintendent Johannes Sigfusson told Sky News .
"Weather and road conditions are one thing but it also comes down to very problematic behavior with some tourist drivers,” Sigfusson said. "Like when hitting the brake on the middle of a road for a sudden photo opportunity, with little or no warning for following drivers. In the dark, when the Northern Lights are out, this is an even greater...

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