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Swedish driver faces texting charge

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FALKENBERG, Sweden, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A Swedish man who crashed his car while sending a text message says he has learned his lesson.

Eric Svensson of Falkenberg could be the first person in the country to be charged with the offense, The Local reports. He supports banning texting, although he believes the law will be tough to enforce.

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"I have GPS on my mobile phone as well, but since the accident, I stop every time I read an instruction about where I am going," he told Goteborgs-Tidnening Friday. "The fact is, I do not send so many text messages a day, maybe five. However, I do not think I am alone in texting when I drive."

Svensson crashed his car in Falkenberg, an old market town on the west coast, Friday, Aug. 13. He hit a pole and eventually landed on the sidewalk and says his first reaction was relief that only inanimate objects had been damaged.

The area was flooded with police officers at the time because of a search for a missing developmentally disabled couple.

"There was a tremendous commotion. Four police cars came quickly. I had not expected that immediately," Svensson said.

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