This syndicated writer wrote these words under the title "Swedish Law Has Long Arm." The good-looking young Swede across the aisle had listened as we talked seatbelts and safety. In a little while he came over and sat beside me. "You are interested in traffic safety?" he asked in that rising inflection which makes English as spoken by a Swede music to hear. I said yes. "In Sweden two things are different," he began. "In the first place, we wear a seat belt with straps over the shoulder. Why do you not make the backs of the auto seats higher to protect the neck?" Anyone who has suffered the whiplash of a brisk bump from the rear will echo, "Indeed, why don't we?"
"In the second place," the Swede went on, "we do not allow any percentage of liquor whatsoever in the blood." He pronounced it "lik-or." "When a fellow is caught driving with alcohol in the blood," the young man declared, "not only is he held accountable, but also so are the people with him who tolerated his driving and the host at the party which served him the drinks." Man, wouldn't that put a crimp in cocktail parties in this country! We may yet come to that point of restriction.