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Honk-happy man charged for overusing car horn

24 May 2012, 09:50

Published: 24 May 2012 09:50 GMT+02:00

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The 68-year-old was driving down a central Eslöv street when he spied a vehicle double parked outside a building. The car had its warning blinkers turned on and inside it was the driver talking on the phone, according to local paper Skånska Dagbladet.

The pensioner took offence at this behaviour and despite the fact that the street was wide and he could easily have driven past, he started honking his horn and gesticulating to the man to move his car.

The man in the car, who was a plain clothes police officer, at the time dealing with an on-going robbery, first tried to show his badge through the window.

However, the irate pensioner didn’t accept this, and started to honk his horn ferociously.

The police officer felt obliged to get out of his vehicle and step over to the man’s car, showing his badge. But the pensioner didn’t accept this form of identification either. He was adamant the man must move his double parked car.

According to Skånskan, he also informed the officer that there was no law prohibiting him to honk his horn at leisure.

It wasn’t until a police car turned up and uniformed officers vouched for the man’s identity that the 68-year-old would accept that he was in fact part of the police force.

In interrogation, the man said that he had distrusted the plain clothes officer because “so many bad things happen in our society”, according to the paper.

It is estimated that the total honking time was over a minute, with the longest hoot measuring over 15 seconds.

The man has now been charged by the Lund District Court with wilfully honking his horn longer than deemed necessary.

However, according to the paper, prosecutors have said that he could get away with just a fine of 500 kronor ($70) should he choose to admit his guilt during the trial.

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TT/Rebecca Martin


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Your comments about this article

10:28 May 24, 2012 by lilsocks
Yet another arrogant oldie.......
12:28 May 24, 2012 by wolverine2k
Slap a 5K fine and also put the stupid oldie behind bars. He did indeed help the robber escape and he also stopped a law official from performing his duties. He has no right to correct anybody with his arrogance!
13:10 May 24, 2012 by eppie
the police officer was in his car dealing with an on going robbery! Was the robbery in his car?

Likely he was parking there because he was affraid and/or unable to do parallel parking, just like most swedes.

Problem is that swedish police is unable to deal with parking violations, traffic violations and the like, so I can fully understand the frustration of the old guy. If he is smart het gets a lawyer who can help him ask the judge why in Sweden they don't fine busdrivers that drive through red light on busy pedestrian crossings, with 60 an hour, but do fine a guy who was doing his job as a citizen.
15:42 May 24, 2012 by Svensksmith
Hook up the car horn to a device that simultaneously sends an electric shock to the drivers seat. That would limit his honking, I bet.
19:09 May 24, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#3: presumably it was a bank or store robbery since it was on a street in Eslöv, something you'd be able to conclude if you had actually read the article instead of writing yet another inane post full of useless hyperbole.
21:39 May 24, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Here in the States you can not use your car horn unless it is an emergency or you can be issued a ticket.
06:47 May 25, 2012 by Da Goat
finally a horny old swedish gentleman with balls well done !

Just because one is a po-lice does not give one the right to flaunt the law.
19:38 May 25, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#7: actually, police and other emergency services can violate traffic laws when the situation warrants it.
01:52 May 30, 2012 by mcarroll1
Ignorant old man, Thick as two short planks - he deserves to go to court and get a hefty fine, Ignorance and bad manners should be made a fine in Sweden - you could run the old age pensioners homes for free on what you could generate in fines - especially what you might collect from ignorant old goats like this guy.
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