How to drive drunk in Sweden (with impunity)

The Swedish legal system never ceases to amaze and amuse. Case in point from today’s paper: Witnesses see a man swerving all aver the road in Lund,  Sweden. They call the police and follow him. He stops. The police arrive. They go to question him. He is so drunk that he falls to the ground. His blood alcohol level is off the charts. He is cited for drunk driving. When he gets to court he says that in the few minutes between when he stopped the car and when he was arrested he drank a half liter of hard alcohol thus explaining his inebriation. The court accepted this and cleared him of all charges.

drunk-drivingSo here’s my tip: If you want to drive drunk in Sweden and get away with it simply keep a fifth of bourbon in your glove compartment. When the police signal to pull you over (or if you roll up to a road block) calmly stop the car, turn off the ignition, open the glove compartment, take out your bottle and, with the officer as your witness, swill down the entire contents of the bottle before they can administer the breathalyser. Then get out of the car and walk away. If they question you tell them you were sober when you stopped the car. Evidently, they will believe you. The most they will be able to get you for is a parking violation.

I think someone should have administered a breathalyser test on the judge who made the ruling.

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4 Responses to “How to drive drunk in Sweden (with impunity)”


  1. 1 Hanna May 11, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Uh I live in Sweden and I can tell you that what you are saying is not true, that story is a hoax 100% because Sweden has some serious punishment if you drive drunk no matter what. There is no tolerance there what so ever. Just thought id let you know.

    • 2 nonrhotic June 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks for the comment Hanna. I do not believe the story is a hoax because I read it in two Swedish newspapers last September. I was able to find this link to one of the stories (http://www.thelocal.se/22022/20090911/).

      You are right that Sweden does have some of the stricktest drunk driving rules on Earth. And the police treat it very seriously. However, this story is more about the legal system and it’s failing in enforcing the rules.

      Personally, I’ve never been stopped for drunk driving but I have dealt with the legal system in Sweden on several occasions and given my experience with failings in the court system this absurd story seems plausible.

  2. 3 Biorg July 23, 2010 at 12:45 am

    This is an absolutly logical decision.
    You live in a female supremacist state. Every body know that under feminist regime women are not acountable of nothing but some time because juge want to go in vacation quicker thay grant a one-time Pussypass™ to a man. This is exactly what occured here.

  3. 4 nonrhotic November 2, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Update: Here is one other way to drive drunk in Sweden.

    Sleepwalking’ Swede beats drunken driving charges. A 51-year-old Swedish man has been acquitted of drunken driving charges after a court couldn’t rule out the possibility that the man was asleep when he got behind the wheel. According to court documents, the man had a blood alcohol level ten times Sweden’s legal limit and drove his car into a ditch. He wasn’t alone. He was with his friend Magnus. I wonder if Magnus was asleep as well or just to polite to wake the guy up. Read more: http://bit.ly/d8PHjX


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