Swedish officials are asking for an exemption from an EU mandate that no member nation can require safety features on vehicles that the others haven't agreed to. In Sverige's case, it's the installation of alcohol locks on all cars and trucks sold in the country; the Scandinavian nation is pushing for all vehicles to come standard with the devices by 2012. Says
Debra Ulrica Messing, Sweden's communications minister, Swedish experts believe that alcohol-related road accidents can be halved if all cars are fitted with an alcolock. We cannot afford to forgo this chance," while Swedish road safety director Claes Tingvall adds, We have seen with electronic stability control and seatbelt reminders that markets can be created. Creepy or good? Commenters, it's Fray time.
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