Seven people lost their lives on Norwegian roads during the first month of the year. It is one more than last year.
Three of the fatalities were pedestrians, three were drivers and one was a passenger. There were five men and two women who lost their lives.
– In January, we observe a surprisingly high proportion of pedestrians who lost their lives in traffic. Both pedestrians and motorists must be extra attentive now in the winter. As a pedestrian you can never take for granted that motorists see you in the dark or have control of the car, says director Jan Johansen in Trygg Traffic.
He also encourages drivers to check the tread depth of their winter tires. In winter tires, the depth should be at least 3 millimeters. Moreover, he thinks it seems that some do not take warnings from the police and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration seriously. Norwegian winter involves several periods of extreme torment on the roads.
– When it is reported extremely smoothly, you really have to consider leaving the car. It is not right to postpone yourself or others for the danger of life even if you find that driving is a necessity, says Johansen.