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Stopped by the police on highway

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Recently I was driving with a Mobility car and got stopped by the police on highway close to Spreitenbach because of light not working behind.
This is actually a technical problem of the car, which Mobility did not solve. I informed Mobility about this later and they took action.

The police did not tell very much on that but they told that I did not stop in the beginning when they asked me to stop. Actually there were 2 police cars, one car was with the sign "Police" the other wasn't.
I stopped only after second or third time when they indicated me to stop. They were quite angry. They checked my documents and the insurance of Mobility and adviced me that I rather should take some lessons of driving, but that is just a tip. I have a French driving licence since 2009 that I converted into a Swiss one 2 years ago when i arrived.

They photographed my driving licence and they gave it to me back.
At the end they did not give me any fine, and they didn't make me sign anything but told that they will write however a report to Strasseverkehrsamt. What do I expect or risk? has anyone gone through a similar experience with police on highway?
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Old 02.11.2015, 21:15
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Re: Stopped by the police on highway

You may get a fine for a defective light.

As the driver of the car, it's your responsibility. And you probably failed the attitude test because you drove on and on and on......missing the pretty lights did not do you any favours.

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Old 02.11.2015, 21:53
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Re: Stopped by the police on highway

What was the faulty rear light? .... possibly the brake light?
If yes, then were you continually on and off the brakes, because you were driving to close to the vehicle in front and couldn't adequately adapt your speed to the traffic conditions ...... hence the advice for driving lessons?
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Re: Stopped by the police on highway

No it wasn't the brake light. It was the light which lightens the plate behind, it is defectuous, but this is not my fault as this is a renting vehicle. I informed Mobility car sharing about this.

The police came from behind and indicated to stop. I really don't understand the way they were talking. I was driving at the correct speed, not over 100km/h, I did not create any accidents. I did not overcome anybody from the right. It just that it's my very first time that I get stopped by police in the highway, in the beginning I thought may be they asked someone else to stop but finally I stopped.

Again my question, they didn't give me any fine on the spot and they didn't make me sign any document. What do I risk? Normally they make you sign something right?
They said to me that it would be good if I take some driving lessons, just as a tip.
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Old 02.11.2015, 23:34
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Again my question, they didn't give me any fine on the spot and they didn't make me sign any document. What do I risk? Normally they make you sign something right?
They said to me that it would be good if I take some driving lessons, just as a tip.
No, you don't sign anything, you will get the decision from a judge in due course.
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Re: Stopped by the police on highway

Hello what do you mean by judge? What can he decide? Will I risk a fine?
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Old 03.11.2015, 00:05
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Hello what do you mean by judge? What can he decide? Will I risk a fine?
It greatly depends what the police write, failing to stop is very serious. Unlikely to go to prison for a 1st offence so don't worry.
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Re: Stopped by the police on highway

I wasn't sure that they ask me to stop or someone else. It was in the highway at night. And it is very dangerous to stop like this in the highway, especially when there are many vehicles sorry. I always learnt that.
At the end they just gave me a tip. may be they will not write anything on that. The real problem was the defectuous light.
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Re: Stopped by the police on highway

in the end i stopped. they have seen that I'm not a criminal, a theft, drugg dealer or something like that. just that I had little confusion and panic.
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I wasn't sure that they ask me to stop or someone else. It was in the highway at night. And it is very dangerous to stop like this in the highway, especially when there are many vehicles sorry. I always learnt that.
At the end they just gave me a tip. may be they will not write anything on that. The real problem was the defectuous light.
The light is not a big issue, If you don't agree with the Police version of events & if a judge makes a decision you can appeal. I have done so in the past as the Police report was incorrect.
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They checked my documents and the insurance of Mobility and adviced me that I rather should take some lessons of driving, but that is just a tip.


Keep in mind that mobility drivers are the worst on the road. The advise means: get a GA.


Edit: isn't Nussbaumen in Aargau?

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Re: Stopped by the police on highway

Relax !! You seem jittery. Take it easy. No use arguing your point.
As mentioned, since you're the driver, you are responsible.
You might get a fine/you might not.
You are likely to get a fine, none of us can tell you how much it would be.
It's not likely that the fine would be high.
It's unlikely you would get anything more than a fine.
If you do get it, pay it off, and let mobility know about it. They might help you out by paying it back.
Go to sleep, don't worry.
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Re: Stopped by the police on highway

As the driver, you are responsible for ensuring the lights work. If they don't you don't accept the car.

The police may not bother to take it any further. I've been stopped a few times for various reasons and nothing ever came of it.
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Keep in mind that mobility drivers are the worst on the road. The advise means: get a GA.


Edit: isn't Nussbaumen in Aargau?
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Re: Stopped by the police on highway

I've had a broken brake light picked up during a routine stop - they told me to fix it, and told me they would log it, I assume so if I got stopped again with it still broken there would be a fine.

I had a broken rear light during my MFK - the guy mentioned it but said it wasn't a failure point, it could have happened in the last five minutes. I also said I could fix it there and then, he said no point doing it in shirt and suit (I was on my way to work), just do it that night, and confirmed the police would say much the same thing if they noticed.

On most modern cars there's so many lights on the back you'd hardly even notice one not working.

On the not stopping immediately when flashed by a car with a POLICE sign - why??? I'm pretty sure the light is a minor part of any report they may have written!
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Re: Stopped by the police on highway

Relax.

Sounds like nothing will happen as you weren't handed a fine slip and allowed to drive on. And even if you do get a fine it won't be the end of the world.

You are to stop reasonably quickly. Activating the right blinker is very useful here, both for legal reasons as well as to let the police know you noticed them and are reacting, and once you're reasonably slow (below 60-70km/H perhaps) you pull over. It seems you did not much of that, that's probably the reason for the tip.
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Relax.

Sounds like nothing will happen as you weren't handed a fine slip and allowed to drive on. And even if you do get a fine it won't be the end of the world.
Thats only for offences that the police can issue a fixed penalty for. Failing to stop is not such an offence......
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