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Sweden close on banning texting while driving

Monday, 04 April 2011
Texting while driving in Sweden is to be banned soon according to latest proposals. Sweden still remains one of those countries where driving and working with phone hand sets had been allowed. In place such as the UK, talking or texting while driving is heavily clammed on.

The right wing ruling parties and opposition Social Democrats have now come to a point of agreement on the issue n the parliament. It shall be forbidden to texting and talking on the phone without a hand free while driving.

Sweden is tightening the law after the Government refers to the legislation of 1951 on reckless driving. It is already forbidden to engage in action such as talking to texting in the car something considered as a road safety hazard. But the traffic committee chairman Anders Ygeman of the Social Democrats party maintains that the rules have not been sufficiently clear as such drivers continued to text and talking on the phone without hands free.

Road safety and various Automobile Association in Sweden welcome the development and the drive to tighten the law.  The fact that texting while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk, it is a wonderful gesture that politicians can agree upon such a rule, according to an analysts.

According to the Automobile Association driving while texting or taking on the phone causes 15 to 20 deaths per year.
Four out of ten motorists have read or written sms while driving, according to a survey commissioned by insurance company Trygg-Hansa.
By Scancomark.se Team

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