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Easter traffic

Motorists warned to take extra care at Easter

Published torsdag 28 mars 2013 kl 17.26
Easter is the busiest time of the year on the roads as Swedes visit relatives and travel north to ski resorts. Photo: Scanpix

As thousands of Swedes take to the roads, mostly headed north to ski resorts for the Easter break, transport officials have issued a reminder of the record number of accidents.

“It’s important to remember that there’s more traffic than on a normal weekend. On all roads, not just the main ones,” Eva Nordén, a spokesperson for the Swedish Transport Administration told Swedish Radio.

“A lot of people are travelling to see loved ones. The important things is not to get there fast but to arrive there in one piece.”

The Easter weekend is the busiest time on the roads in Sweden with the highest number of road fatalities: an average of seven each year and close to 300 injuries.

With the late start to spring, many roads around the country are still icy, and drivers are advised to wait before changing winter tires.

"We still have winter conditions on the roads," said Nordén.

"And the usual Easter travel advice applies: plan your trip, drive carefully, keep your distance and take breaks on the way."

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