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Man tweets cops to nab speeders - gets caught

Man tweets cops to nab speeders - gets caught

Published: 05 Apr 2012 12:32 GMT+02:00
Updated: 05 Apr 2012 12:32 GMT+02:00

A Swedish man who used Twitter to alert police of speeding drivers on a road near his house got a response – which came in the form of a hefty speeding fine the next day.

Henrik Ismarker noticed that like himself, his local police were active on the social media network Twitter.

He tweeted to the Söderort police Twitter account on Tuesday, informing them that a road near his house in Stockholm was often frequented by lead-footed drivers.

"People drive too fast in the area and that's why I asked the police to set up a control," Ismarker told The Local.

The police responded promptly on Twitter, agreeing that the road needed some form of speed control, especially as there was a school on the street.

The very next day, the man was driving along the road in question when he was pinged for driving 42 kilometres an hour in a 30 zone.

This resulted in a 2,400 kronor fine ($358), and a no doubt red-faced police informer.

Ismarker tweeted the police the next day, saying "Nice that you were there already today. Unfortunately, this became expensive for me".

When the police confirmed that he had, indeed, been caught speeding on the street, he responded: "This couldn't be a bigger fail then. But thanks for the lesson."

When probed about the feeling of getting caught in his own trap, Ismarker tells The Local it was "embarrassing, stupid, and a good lesson".

However, he's still pleased with overall response, even if it did leave him out of pocket.

"I'm very satisfied with the police response," Ismarker said.

"They were very professional both in traffic regulating and with Twitter," he told The Local.

His blog entry ends with a word of advice to readers: "Drive carefully"

Oliver Gee

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The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:12 April 5, 2012 by shaon72
During the day between 07.00 to 20.00 o'clock 30 km speed in school area is ok.

But after 20.00 o'clock should change the law. Or vägverket should add the time as some comune did it. Thanks
14:54 April 5, 2012 by Frobobbles
Why are you in such a hurry, shaon? Lost your cool?
15:26 April 5, 2012 by Svensksmith
An education can be expensive.
16:21 April 5, 2012 by muscle
hahaha over efficiency :D
19:34 April 5, 2012 by DeinSchatz
Met 2 cars on Kaknäsvägen & Lindarängsvägen (30 zone) Stockholm today. They were definitely over 100!!! They rly frightened me!!!
20:00 April 5, 2012 by bethrichardson
Too funny!
20:07 April 5, 2012 by David68
what a thick bastard to ask the law to be there then get caught yourself,serves him right the law dont need to be told to be hard on motorists they do fine at that themselves!
20:52 April 5, 2012 by spo10
hilarious! serves him right tho :P
00:32 April 6, 2012 by darky
The hunter became the hunted......haha!
07:55 April 6, 2012 by Rick Methven
Having a speed limiter function in your car can save you money
12:18 April 6, 2012 by hackie
Hahaha. Yes!! The hunter is hunted. Good for him :P
17:31 April 6, 2012 by SuperTulle
I believe the expression goes "Hoist by his own petard".

Moreover, it's nice to see that there is at least one efficient police force still in Sweden.
22:05 April 6, 2012 by Skipdallas
This is funny! However I admire him for admitting his mistake, and not just pleading,"No Comment". He was caught speeding and owned up to his transgression. Good for him. I bet he thinks twice before alerting the police about other things in the future! :-)
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