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Has anyone here been the fortunate recipient of a Jaywalking or other ridiculous fine in Switzerland?

Years ago while on a business trip to Zurich I was walking to work from my hotel at about 6 am. There was absolutely no one out, not even cars. At a red light, seeing no one except what I thought was a mailman a block behind me, I crossed the street. A few moments later I hear quick footsteps behind me and then a tap on my shoulders.

Turning around I realized the " mailman" was a police officer who demanded I pay a fine on the spot. It was 5 or 10 Francs - don't recall. I was thinking of showing my US passport and plead ignorance/compassion for a "tourist" only to realize that my passport would show I was born in CH and my last name is very Swiss.

I still laugh about it.
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Has anyone here been the fortunate recipient of a Jaywalking or other ridiculous fine in Switzerland?

Years ago while on a business trip to Zurich I was walking to work from my hotel at about 6 am. There was absolutely no one out, not even cars. At a red light, seeing no one except what I thought was a mailman a block behind me, I crossed the street. A few moments later I hear quick footsteps behind me and then a tap on my shoulders.

Turning around I realized the " mailman" was a police officer who demanded I pay a fine on the spot. It was 5 or 10 Francs - don't recall. I was thinking of showing my US passport and plead ignorance/compassion for a "tourist" only to realize that my passport would show I was born in CH and my last name is very Swiss.

I still laugh about it.
I was arrested at the same spot for wearing a loud shirt in a built-up area, and walking on the cracks in the pavement.
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Old 11.04.2011, 22:28
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There is a way around that. Apparently if you offer the policeman some brown sugar he lets you off with a warning
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There is a way around that. Apparently if you offer the policeman some brown sugar he lets you off with a warning
...but not in small sachets.
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No, but I am 100% in favor of them!

If they are going to have stupid car fines (speeding, etc.), it's only fair to have fines for stupid walkers.

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I have really nice Policeman by me. They complimented me on my parking, I got back to the car the other day and I saw a note on my windscreen that said "Parking fine"
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Doesn't the US also have Jaywalking fines? I am pretty sure they do!
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Old 11.04.2011, 22:58
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Doesn't the US also have Jaywalking fines? I am pretty sure they do!
Yep. They invented the word 'jaywalking'...
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Re: Jaywalking and other ridiculous fines in Switzerland

I got a fine because I was speed walking!
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Doesn't the US also have Jaywalking fines? I am pretty sure they do!
Of course they do. Have you ever visited Manahattan? If everyone in Manhattan stood on the sidewalk at a red light some of the sidewalks wouldn't be wide enough. Particularly at rush hours and lunch time. Everyone is always in a hurry. It would be similar to someone standing at the bottom of a down escalator. It is fairly rare to get a Jaywalking ticket as it is common practice in NYC to cross on red. You of course do so at your own risk. If you do get a ticket you have either annoyed the officer or the city needs money.

You may find this interesting

http://sauntering.blogspot.com/2007/...alking-in.html
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I got a fine because I was speed walking!
Were you chewing gum at the same time? In which case you should have also received a fine for appearing intoxicated in public
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Re: Jaywalking and other ridiculous fines in Switzerland

OK - A few months ago, I was driving in Kreis 5. It was raining a bit and I had turned on my fog lights. One minute later (I kid you not), I got pulled over and three officers were outside my window. Apparently, you can only turn your fog lights on when it is really raining HARD. Apparently, the rain and minor fog that I was experiencing was not above the threshold. I did not think it appropriate to ask if there was a device for sale to tell me EXACTLY when the magic threshold for foglights was reached.

Anyone else have an idea how one is to know when foglights may be used?

In the defense of the police, themselves, they were very polite and explained to me (in English) the entire situation. I am not faulting them. But it seems the particular law is a bit vague.

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Having the law and enforcing it are two entirely different things...

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Anyone else have an idea how one is to know when foglights may be used?
I once again assume it's the same as in Germany - works some 90% of all cases: If you can see less than 50 meters, you are allowed to switch them on. This means that you are not allowed to ever drive more than 60 with them on as this would either mean that you have lights on while the weather is still too good or you are driving too fast for the bad weather...
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I was arrested at the same spot for wearing a loud shirt in a built-up area, and walking on the cracks in the pavement.
And were you in possession of an offensive wife at the time?
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I once again assume it's the same as in Germany - works some 90% of all cases: If you can see less than 50 meters, you are allowed to switch them on. This means that you are not allowed to ever drive more than 60 with them on as this would either mean that you have lights on while the weather is still too good or you are driving too fast for the bad weather...
Nope, that part of the law refers to the rear foglights only. Foglights at the front of your car may be used whenever the visibility is limited "significantly" due to rain, fog or snow.
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Nope, that part of the law refers to the rear foglights only. Foglights at the front of your car may be used whenever the visibility is limited "significantly" due to rain, fog or snow.
In my experience, most peple in CH use rear foglights even in the event of a light drizzle.
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OK - A few months ago, I was driving in Kreis 5. It was raining a bit and I had turned on my fog lights. One minute later (I kid you not), I got pulled over and three officers were outside my window. Apparently, you can only turn your fog lights on when it is really raining HARD. Apparently, the rain and minor fog that I was experiencing was not above the threshold. I did not think it appropriate to ask if there was a device for sale to tell me EXACTLY when the magic threshold for foglights was reached.
For once, millions of normal drivers everywhere say YAY! to the Swiss Police!!

And you had them on in a city too. LOL!
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and I (non-native english) always thought it was spelled 'gaywalking'
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Re: Jaywalking and other ridiculous fines in Switzerland

In Zürich when I had freshly arrived I was taking photos of lots of things and for one of these photos I found the best vantage spot was on a small narrow traffic island in the middle of the road, adjacent to the tram tracks so by a long stretch of the imagination it could have been a very small tram stop. I stood there and waited for a calm traffic moment as I didn't want some big truck in front of the building I was photographing. A policeman saw me and came over to explain to me that this isn't a tram stop. The tram stops over there.
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