Germany: He drove at 244 kilometers per hour through construction on a highway – 12,000 euros fine!

A 53-year-old driver from Germany must pay a fine of 12,000 euros (120 daily rates) for driving through construction on a highway at 244 kilometers per hour. He must also surrender his driving license for ten months.

This was the decision of the Frankfurt District Court (case number: 3510 Js 256549/20). From a legal point of view, this extremely fast driving was considered a prohibited car race and therefore a criminal offence. The verdict is not yet legally binding.

The offence was committed on the A3 between Frankfurt and Wiesbaden

The defendant was driving on the A3 between Frankfurt and Wiesbaden in November last year, among other things past roadworks near Hattersheim (Hesse).

However, instead of slowing down to the permitted 80 km/h, he simply sped on in his Mercedes AMG. The offence was committed at 10:19 a.m., so that the freeway was definitely no longer empty.

The driver only braked when he was photographed by a speed camera. The photo allowed him to be identified and he was charged with the offence.

In court, he admitted that he was driving the car. However, he did not give any further reasons for such a high speed.

The court explained its decision

According to the verdict, the reason for the conviction was only the danger to other drivers within an opaque construction site with curves and narrows was the reason for the conviction. In this context, no other car had to participate in the prohibited vehicle race, the court said.

On legal grounds, the defense attorney sought acquittal, the prosecutor sought a fine.


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