Comment on suspended penalties: Wrong signal for unteachable speeders

German drivers who drove to the Netherlands in the 1970s had to drastically change their driving style. If you were in a hurry on the German side with flashing lights and blinker links, you had to strictly keep to 100 km / h in Holland. Many Germans felt that the limit was unreasonable. Driving a good car also meant driving a car quickly. Fortunately, the zeitgeist has now turned.

The end of the widespread frenzy in NRW was mainly caused by the increasingly dense traffic. Anyone who travels on the highways of NRW at a speed of 120 can be lucky. The increasingly sophisticated traffic surveillance by the police also ensured more discipline.

If you hang a well-camouflaged civil vehicle with video equipment too close to the bumper, you will be rid of your rag a little longer.

Too fast speed is the number one cause of accidents in Germany. Although everyone knows that, most drivers don’t follow the rules. For a long time, the rule of thumb was that exceeding 20 kilometers per hour was still okay in urban areas. You only had to be careful at 30 km / h zones. Anyone caught there at twice the speed had to take off their driver’s license.

Under loud protests from many drivers, the federal legislature had decided to sharply tighten the penalties for speeding violations. According to the new catalog of fines, driving licenses can be withdrawn for one month if you drive 21 kilometers per hour too fast in an urban area or if you drive 26 kilometers an hour outside the limit. This can actually happen quickly if you don’t pay close attention to the traffic signs.

Now, however, the tightening is due to a formal error in the legislation. Transport Minister Scheuer uses the formal error to recapture what he sees as excessive regulations. With the populist step he sends a fatal signal – especially to the unteachable fast drivers. The transparent attempt to spare speeders shows how much the CSU’s transport policy has fallen out of time.