Events for April
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 1 2 3
Add your event FREE



Accomodations in Austria

Cosmo and Nanu


Statistics released on Salzburgs Ghost Drivers

There were 24 instances of people driving on the wrong side of the road in Salzburg last year, according to statistics gathered by Austrian Radio station 3.

Although rare in most countries, for some reason there are almost daily reports of motorists known as "Geisterfahrer" or Ghost Drivers who drive on the wrong side of the road in the Alpine Republic.

A survey carried out by The Austrian Traffic Club (VC) said that despite the danger on 96 per cent of the reports no accidents were caused by this serious breach of road regulations.

When accidents did happen however they were usually severe with every sixth accident involving a fatality.

Since 1987 a total of 105 people have died as the result of people driving on the wrong side of the road. Most people guilty of this are male, and under the influence of alcohol.

The most deaths from collisions caused by cars driving towards each other due to the folly of one driver occurred in Lower Austria, which has seen 38 people die since 1987. Styria had the second highest number of fatalities at 30, while 12 lives were lost in Salzburg during the same period.

"The typical driver is male and usually is above both the speed limit and allowed blood alcohol level" said an expert from the VC.

Eight out of every 10 people caught driving the wrong way down busy roads are male, 50 per cent are between the ages of 21 and 40, and the majority are drunk. The VC are calling for more checks around motorways.

In 2010 the most incidents of wrong-way driving took place on the A2 South Motorway, while the most dangerous spot was in Upper Austria on the A1 West Motorway between Vorchdorf and Mondsee, where 18 such drivers were spotted. In Salzburg the hotspot for so-called "Geisterfahrer" was on the Tauern Motorway between Pass Lueg and Flachau, where 10 such incidents occurred.

Austrian Times

Your comment to this article :

(will be approved by an editor before going online)

  • Not for publication:
  • How many vertical lines or which Text (from left to right) do you see in this image:

Tag cloud:
checks  incidents  occurred  Salzburg  blood  expert  Styria  ages  driver  alcohol  Geisterfahrer  Tauern  lost  fatalities  Ghost  motorways  accidents  Drivers  Austrian  limit

Latest News


Police And Firemen Get Cold Turkey
Flipping the bird was given a new meaning in Austria this week when a truck filled with plucked turkeys overturned, closing a busy motorway in the process.

Rare Bald Ibis Makes Microlight Flight To Italy
The project to introduce an extinct bird back to Europe is hailing success after successfully negotiating a new route over the Alps and training 14 Northern Bald Ibises how to fly south to winter feeding grounds in southern Tuscany.

Brit Soldier Rescued After Climbing Mountain In T Shirt
A British soldier who tackled the frozen Austrian Alps wearing just shorts and a T-shirt has been rapped by officials after he had to be rescued from the snowy peak.

Jobless Footballers Join Dole Rangers To Showcase Their Talent
Austria's job centres are entering the big league - by creating a football team to allow jobless footballers to showcase their talent and get work.

Good manners guide for Arabs dropped by Salzburg tourism officials
Tourism chiefs in Salzburg have been forced to withdraw a controversial etiquette guide for Arabs that aimed to stop them trying to haggle over prices, cooking in their rooms, and dumping their litter around the region.

Strongman pulls worlds largest twinjet plane out of hanger
A strong man known as the "Austrian Rock" has notched up his 16th endurance world record, this time by pulling a Boeing 777 plane from its hangar at the Vienna International Airport in Schwechat.

Austria receives record visitors from UAE
Austria received a record amount of visitors from the United Arab Emirates in 2013, according to the Austrian National Tourist Office.

Cheetah enclosure rebuilt after run of escapes
After a run of great escapes from the cheetah residents of Salzburg Zoo, the big cat enclosure has been rebuilt in an effort to prevent further breakouts.

Hosting Eurovision 2015 in Austria already complicated
The search for a suitable location for next year's Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Austria is already hitting complications with still 11 months to go until the event.

FIFA extend Taboga ban worldwide
The life time football ban imposed upon player Dominique Taboga by the Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) in February for match-fixing has been extended by FIFA today to include worldwide activities.


The most popular stories –
last 7 days

Friends and Partners