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Parliament demands proposal to ban drivers from sending text messages

Text messaging from behind the wheel increases the risk of an accident as much as drunk driving, according to news agency TT, and the Swedish Parliament has now challenged the government to propose a ban on text messaging while driving. Sweden would be the last country in the EU to propose making the activity illegal.

Studies show that the risk of getting into an accident are 23 times higher than normal when drivers text message, which is comparable to driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Sweden is the only one of the 27 countries in the EU which does not require drivers to use hands-free equipment in the car.

The government, however, says it is more effective to tighten the rules around reckless or negligent driving, and say a law could take four years to bring about.

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