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Traffic deaths

Drunk drivers get shorter sentences

Published lördag 12 november 2011 kl 11.54
Police running sobriety tests. Photo: Scanpix

Sober drivers that kill or injure others in traffic accidents often get longer prison sentences than drunk drivers, according to a new study from the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute.

Researchers have studied court cases over a 15-year period, between 1990 and 2005. The researchers behind the study do not know why drunk drivers often receive milder prison sentences.

However, one of the researchers speculates to newspaper Östgöta-Correspondenten that drunk drivers may hire better lawyers because they are in more serious trouble.

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