New phones “cause more accidents”

Contrary to what what you might think, it isn't safer to talk and drive if you use the new hands-free mobile phones. In fact, it is more dangerous, reported Svenska Dagbladet on Thursday.

The Ministry of Transport’s Research Institute has carried out tests to establish what happens when people “talk and drive”. By carrying out a mobile phone risk assessment they have found that it is the conversation itself – and the “complexity” of it – that affects the way people drive.

Drivers who talk while driving suffer tunnel vision, can’t drive in a straight line and take longer to hit the brakes, according to the results from experiments in a simulator.

Researchers applied “virtual city traffic” as well as countryside roads and during the conversation the drivers were subjected to different obstacles. Those who used handheld phones said they were strongly aware of not being in control of the vehicle and tended to slow down to compensate.

Those using the hands-free phones in the tests drove equally as badly. But the critical difference was that they believed they were in control. It is this false sense of security that researchers believed to be so dangerous.

Despite the results researchers did not call for the use of mobile phones while driving to be banned, as it was in the United Kingdom last year. But Anne Bolling, who led the project, told SvD that the problem would only get worse.

“It’s dangerous when you consider what kinds of phones are coming now, with moving pictures,” she said. “That’s the next thing we’re going to have to look at, because people are going to want to look at the person they’re talking to.”


OPINION: ID-checks between Sweden and Denmark should not be brought back

Sweden's government on Tuesday announced plans to bring back ID checks on Sweden's borders. Niels Paarup-Petersen, a Malmö MP, has launched a campaign to stop them.

OPINION: ID-checks between Sweden and Denmark should not be brought back

Bringing in ID-checks is illegal, ineffective, and devastating for the labour market in the Öresund region. That the government, despite all this, is pushing ahead with them anyway is almost impossible to understand. 

Once again, the government’s first response to a crisis is to bring back the ID-checks that tear our region in two.

Once again, they’re doing this without giving either the regional government or those operating the transport services a chance to give their input.

Once again, the idea is that Skåne and the Öresund Region should pay the price for solving Sweden’s challenges.

Once again, commuters will have to wait for half an hour at Kastrup. Once again the transport system in Skåne will be wrecked. 

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It’s bloody awful, to be frank.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that it is illegal to put the responsibility on transport operators across a Schengen border. The Office of the Chancellor of Justice has come to the same conclusions.

Ukrainians have the right to enter the country, which means that they will not be stopped by the ID controls. If you want to have a better understanding of who is crossing the border, there are still ‘temporary’ border controls in place after six years.

Making the transport operator responsible for ID controls work when applied to ferries and flights, where there is only one place where you can get on or off. When you have continuous traffic, such as with trains or cars, it has a devastating effect on the traffic and on all of the people using them.  

ID checks are completely illegal, unnecessary, and irrational.

Region Skåne, the municipalities in Skåne, and all of my colleagues from Skåne in the national parliament must now all put their feet down. 

ID checks on the Öresund Bridge should not be brought back! 

Niels Paarup-Petersen is an MP representing Malmö for the Centre Party. He was born and grew up in Denmark and has worked for the Öresund Bridge Consortium.