Events for April
M T W T F S S
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 4
Add your event FREE

Today


Videos


Accomodations in Austria


Cosmo and Nanu

Warning_sign

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  • Not for publication: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:
driver  Ghost  occurred  alcohol  motorways  accidents  limit  checks  Austrian  expert  Styria  incidents  Geisterfahrer  blood  Salzburg  Tauern  ages  lost  Drivers  fatalities




Latest News

 

Criminal caught after asking police if he should be arrested
A criminal who thought he had got away with four counts of embezzlement and fraud managed to alert police to his crimes after he walked into a police station to ask if there was an arrest warrant out on him.

Property price rise continues
The price of property in Vienna has now spiralled so much that every 4th apartment comes with a price tag of 500,000 or more. And every second flat costs 300,000 or more.

Former footballers charged over match-fixing
Austrian prosecutors have charged former footballer Dominique Taboga over allegations of match-fixing, nearly five months after his connection to the scandal was exposed.

Salzburg cheetahs great escape
For the third time in two years a cheetah has broken out from Salzburg Zoo this week.

NGOs calls for Salzburg to act against nitrogen oxide
A consortium of environmental NGOs angry at the excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide polluting the air in the Austrian state of Salzburg have said they will launch legal action against the state unless a change is made.

Nazi Gurlitt family may be hoarding more artwork
The trove of artworks stolen by the Nazis and allegedly hoarded away by art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt could be larger than previously thought after Austrian officials confirmed the discovery of a third house in Austria belonging to the family.

Further 180 Gurlitt paintings found in Salzburg
A further 180 paintings have been found in the Salzburg home of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of a Nazi art dealer who made headlines in 2012 when a hoard of artwork was discovered by tax inspectors in his Munich flat.

Swedish woman fighting for life after being run over by snowmobile
A young Swedish waitress is fighting for her life after being run over by a 6.5 tonne snowmobile after deciding to ski down a closed off piste while it was being prepared at the Saalbach-Hinterglemm resort in Salzburg.

Salzburg win the Bundesliga with eight games still to go
Red Bull Salzburg have secured the top title in Austria' football league Bundesliga, the earliest point in the season the winner has ever been decided.

Austrian duped by fake Prince Harry on Facebook
An Austrian tradesman who thought Britain's Prince Harry had contracted him to provide parquet floors at Buckingham Palace is unlikely to have the 27,000 EUR he transfered to a conman returned, according to police.

 


The most popular stories –
last 7 days


Friends and Partners