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CRIME

Foreign drivers “escape Swedish speeding fines”

Foreign drivers who exceed the speed limit are not being fined when caught by Swedish speeding control cameras because of a lack of cooperation between international police forces.

Speed control cameras will nearly double in number within the next few years, but the new cameras will do little to stop foreign speeding offenders. According to Stellan Lander, a traffic police officer in Örebro, photographs of foreigners caught speeding are tossed directly into the garbage can.

“As things stand today, traffic police are working together with Denmark and Norway. But Finland and other parts of Europe are not cooperating,” Lander told Swedish Radio.

About 25 percent of speeding offenders who are captured on camera do not receive tickets. As well as foreigners, motorcycles which do not require license plates, and drivers that succeed in concealing their faces when their photograph is taken also escape penalties.

“To get any kind of credible supervision the law must be uniform, no matter which nationality a person is. Therefore we must find some kind of way to increase cooperation,” said Carlson.

Experience shows that speeds are generally lowered and numbers of deaths are reduced on roadways where cameras are present.

But according to Örjan Brodin, who is responsible for the traffic committee of the National Police Board, the problem with foreign drivers will not be worked out for at least a couple years.

Erin Earley

HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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