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Old 04.05.2014, 15:52
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Re: Serious Speeding - New law, new fines.

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The new harsher driving laws have thrown up a controversy: the police may now be prosecuted for driving too fast! I produce a Google translation and the links,

http://www.blick.ch/news/schweiz/wes...id2829523.html

http://www.lenouvelliste.ch/fr/suiss...ds-479-1289517

According to the Western Swiss Police Trade Union Confederation ( USPRO ) The traffic safety program «Via Sicura " has produced undesirable effects: even police officers who are going too fast in service would, in part, be prosecuted, the USPRO said on Friday .

"There have already been in western Switzerland some cases in which police officers were prosecuted for speeding in emergencies," USPRO President Jean- Philippe Rochat said on request of the news agency SDA . They present the police with a crisis of conscience - sometimes they would now hesitate to press hard on the accelerator , even though it was necessary Rochat said.

The West Swiss Police Trade Union Confederation has criticized the problem "The Via Sicura" directive was "too general". "We hope that the Road Traffic Act is amended so that this problem is resolved ," Rochat said. He made it clear that the USPRO is not defending those police officers who are driving unnecessarily fast.

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I read somewhere that ambulance and fire brigade drivers could also be prosecuted, not sure if that is true?

Funny this new law is supposed to bring in harsher penalties for speeders but how can the police catch them if they themselves are not allowed to speed.
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