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Ambulance speedster recovers licence

The Local · 29 Jun 2010, 11:05

Published: 29 Jun 2010 11:05 GMT+02:00

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"It feels great. I was so happy that I went out driving until 2am last night," Forsberg told the Aftonbladet daily.

Forsberg's story prompted the ire of many Swedes last week after it emerged that he had been served with a 3,600 kronor ($465) fine and had his licence revoked after he was caught doing over 100 km/h on a 70 km/h stretch of road on June 6th.

Forsberg explained to the police that when he saw the ambulance with its flashing lights he accelerated so that he could reach the two lane stretch of road and allow the emergency vehicle to pass.

But the police officer, who was riding on his motorcycle behind the ambulance, told him that the law has to be applied equally to all.

"He said 'if it says 70, then that it was it is'," Forsberg told the newspaper.

As Jonny Forsberg had admitted the offence, and his pleas for clemency had fallen on deaf ears, he lost his driving licence automatically as he had exceeded the 30 km/h excess limit.

Bolstered by public outrage and media coverage of his plight, Forsberg decided to retract his confession and fight the offence.

The Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) has now told Forsberg that he is he is free to drive, at least until a possible district court hearing.

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"It feels incredible, you can't describe the feeling," Forsberg told local newspaper Värmlands Folkblad when informed of the decision.

"You become so handicapped, even getting to the store becomes difficult. The car is very important when you live out here."

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12:11 June 29, 2010 by joshr
The problem here (and in many other cases in Sweden) is that there is no weight given to the circumstances of a crime. Justice needs to be blind, but it must also be practical and reasonable.
12:59 June 29, 2010 by this_aint_sparta
Standing on the signal waiting for the green light, I have crossed the solid line atleast a couple of times for the emergency vehicle to pass, What do I do the next time ?/
13:13 June 29, 2010 by Great Scott
I hope the copper who nicked him, never needs an ambulance. This should never have got this far, god are the Swedish police that thick.
13:40 June 29, 2010 by Decedo
I was approaching an intersection once when an ambulance came up behind us. I pulled over to the shoulder, as well as a number of other cars. The light was red, and an old lady was at the light. She couldn't pull over without going into the intersection, and the ambulance couldn't go around her. She just sat there blocking the ambulance, and he pulled right up behind her and blared his horn. She didn't move until the light turned green for her. At the time we all thought 'move your car lady', but in retrospect with Swedish law, she was in the right.
14:33 June 29, 2010 by Keith #5083
I live within 50 kms of this place and am somewhat astounded! The police officer (and I am a policeman's son!) has behaviour best described as 'unusual'. He is following BEHIND the ambulance - not clearing the way in FRONT of the ambulance. As he is following the ambulance it is fair to ask over what distance he measured the speed of the 'alleged' offender and how can he be sure of that as he was BEHIND the ambulance? I guess he wasn't using radar/speed equipment as this does not go through ambulances - or anything else!!

Unless there are other facts to this case that have not been disclosed, then in the interests of public safety the charges should be withdrawn.

I wonder if it had been a police car on an emergency call and not an ambulance and the 'alleged offender' was doing 60 not 70, would he be charged with 'obstruction of justice?'

This is NOT fairly representative of Swedish Police in my experience.
16:05 June 29, 2010 by millionmileman
Once during my million miles of traveling I experienced a smilar event. On a Saturday morning while cruising at 65 mph I noticed a pick-up truck wondering from side-to-side over a kilometer ahead of me. As the driver had overtaken me 30 minutes earlier, I presumed that he was falling asleep because his license plate denoted he had driven from the south of Ohio. Being in Wisconsin it was time to act before he crosed ovrer the unbarried motorway, head-on into oncoming traffic,.

I pressed the accelorator down until I was going 135 mph (216 kph) in my Saab 900 SPG. I was giong to give chase, so that I could pull along side hime to blow the horn to awaken him. It took well over 10 seconds until he came to his senses.

By diong this I was able to prevent a nasty accident on that highway. Some time later I told this story to a Wisconsin Highway Patrolman., to pick his brain, to which he replied, "You should have driven several miles to the next exit to call us from a phone box!" (Pre-mobile days)

To which I replied, "You mean the ambulances for the victims!"

As they sometimes say in England, "The law is an ass."
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