Bananas free Swedish man from speeding fine

Bananas free Swedish man from speeding fine
These are not the bananas on trial. Photo: Leif R Jansson/SCANPIX
A Swedish driver has escaped speeding tickets in court – because the offender was eating a banana. If that sounds bananas to you, keep reading.

A district court in the central Swedish Västmanland region found the man not guilty of having speeded at 68 kilometres per hour on a 60 km/h road in the city of Västerås.

He had been snapped by a police camera in September last year and was handed a 1,500 kronor ($174) fine at the time. In the picture it was clearly visible that the driver was munching on a banana.

However, the owner of the car claimed it could not be him who was seen peeling out in the picture – because he is on a low-carb diet and does not eat bananas.

“I have not eaten bananas for more than two years because I am on the LCHF diet,” the man wrote in his appeal.

The driver also told the court that his car was up for sale in September last year and that between six and ten people had been test driving it around the time of the alleged offence.

In the end, mainly because the photograph snapped by the speeding camera was found to be of too low quality to prove the identity of the person behind the wheel, the court ruled that the man would not have to pay the fine.

Proponents of the LCHF diet (Low Carb and High Fat) eat a lot of protein-rich and fatty foods but avoid high-carbohydrate contents found for example in pasta and certain fruits.

In recent years weight-conscious Swedes have increasingly ditched old-school regimes to opt for trendier diets such as the LCHF. The trend peaked a couple of years ago when it got so popular that Sweden even experienced a shortage of cottage cheese – a staple item for LCHF advocates.