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No matter where in the world you live, driving can be fraught with danger. We’ll admit that we have our own pre-conceived notions, right or wrong, when it comes to this subject.
When traveling in dangerous South American locales (Miami, for example), we’re constantly on alert for carjackers. On the plus side, we rarely worry much about plowing into a moose at speed, since moose aren’t dangers we typically associate with the tropics.
When driving in Sweden, we’ll admit to being nonchalant about carjacking, probably because we’re so concerned about other driving dangers (moose, for example). A recent story in The Local, Sweden’s News In English, however, has us reconsidering the dangers of driving in Sweden.
A nine-year-old boy in Kortedala recently attempted to steal a car at gunpoint, but was thwarted in his first attempt. Breaking into a second car, the carjacker-in-training sped (slowly) away from the scene of the crime, nearly running down a stunned onlooker in the process.
The alleged thief was unsuccessful in his getaway attempt, perhaps impeded by the 30 km/h (19 mph) top speed of the Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) stolen. Even that kind of top-end proved too much for the young driver’s ability, as he reportedly crashed at a roundabout some 10 minutes after the incident began.
The gun turned out to be an Airsoft replica (which, for the record, can be modified to look almost exactly like a real gun), and the boy’s age makes him immune from prosecution in Sweden. Instead, he was turned over to social services, where he likely faces some sort of discipline in the not-too-distant future.