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Old 20.03.2011, 18:03
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Spring is here: speed traps are back!



It's that time of year again. As the weather gets warmer, the cops take to the road with their mobile speed cameras, soaking up some rays and refilling the cantonal coffers. I mentioned this to my wife as we were driving home, and not five minutes later, we passed the first mobile speed trap that I've seen this year (on the A3 just outside Basel).

Just a friendly reminder to watch your speed.
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Old 21.03.2011, 09:34
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Re: Spring is here: speed traps are back!

They ride Harleys here in Switzerland??

What is it Cantonal HIghway Patrol
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Old 21.03.2011, 10:04
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Re: Spring is here: speed traps are back!

suppose we can help each other by uploading to a gps device when a camera/speed trap is spotted. I'm not an expert on camera reporting devices but they are out there...found this link for Iphone
http://www.presselite.com/iphone/radars/index_en.html
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Old 21.03.2011, 10:53
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suppose we can help each other by uploading to a gps device when a camera/speed trap is spotted. I'm not an expert on camera reporting devices but they are out there...found this link for Iphone
http://www.presselite.com/iphone/radars/index_en.html
Just a warning, I think mapping speed traps is illegal in Switzerland. Your GPS will still do it, but if you get caught, you'll get fined.
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Old 21.03.2011, 11:02
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Just a warning, I think mapping speed traps is illegal in Switzerland. Your GPS will still do it, but if you get caught, you'll get fined.
That is why my GPS manufacturer offers downloadable software for this for many Euro countries, but not CH. Although I see it is available with iPhone.
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Old 21.03.2011, 11:27
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Re: Spring is here: speed traps are back!

I'll take my chances, it is they who are committing the crime of entrapment, however it is us that get punished. But then again, I don't speed for the most part....that should also prevent it!
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Old 21.03.2011, 11:41
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I'll take my chances, it is they who are committing the crime of entrapment, however it is us that get punished. But then again, I don't speed for the most part....that should also prevent it!
Just be warned that sod's law states that habitual and excessive speeders (and drink drivers for that matter), often avoid getting caught. It is those who only sometimes marginally slip over the max. speed limit, that end up being unlucky.

Set your GPS to give a warning when you exceed the limit. Mine is set at +10kph - still an offence, but not unrealistically saintly, either.
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Old 21.03.2011, 11:41
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Re: Spring is here: speed traps are back!

It's not only speed traps...seems like the parking ticket eager beavers have come out from hiding, too. Auch, I am gona get a mouthful when hb comes back from his biz trip, darn it.

Ok, hot dogs and soups it is for the rest of the week.
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Old 21.03.2011, 11:43
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It's not only speed traps...seems like the parking ticket eager beavers have come out from hiding, too. Auch, I am gona get a mouthful when hb comes back from his biz trip, darn it.

Ok, hot dogs and soups it is for the rest of the week.
Just out of interest, what is the damage?. I've been lucky and avoided till now.
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Old 21.03.2011, 11:55
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Just out of interest, what is the damage?. I've been lucky and avoided till now.
Standard is 40.- I believe. I once got a pretty hefty one for parking on a bike lane though.
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Old 21.03.2011, 12:03
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Re: Spring is here: speed traps are back!

Personally, I find that drivers slow down once the weather turns better.
All those short skirts etc -
Here is a rhyme to remind you.
God is kind and sends the wind to blow girls`skirts up high
But God is just and sends the dust, to blind the bad man`s eye.
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Old 21.03.2011, 12:03
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Re: Spring is here: speed traps are back!

40fr it is. It's always the same lady since the parking is right in front of them, I wonder if they get a commission of sumfin...It's hard to push a kiddo out of the house on time, will have to set the alarm earlier
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Old 21.03.2011, 12:10
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I'll take my chances, it is they who are committing the crime of entrapment, however it is us that get punished. But then again, I don't speed for the most part....that should also prevent it!

Those pesky cops, enforcing the law. Grrrr



Hey Eire, you know what to do
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Old 21.03.2011, 13:12
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Re: Spring is here: speed traps are back!

And so many more speeds UM. I always get nailed when it changes from 60 to 50 in the 'burbs. Oh well, fines are part of my driving imperfection.
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Old 21.03.2011, 13:28
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Re: Spring is here: speed traps are back!

I had a GPS Snooper and driving from Germany over the border at Thayngen they saw the holding bracket on the windscreen.

I said that I didn't have it with me because I know it's illegal he didn't believe me, thoroughly ransacked my car and threatened a fine of 800 chf if he finds it...
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Old 21.03.2011, 13:31
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I had a GPS Snooper and driving from Germany over the border at Thayngen they saw the holding bracket on the windscreen.

I said that I didn't have it with me because I know it's illegal he didn't believe me, thoroughly ransacked my car and threatened a fine of 800 chf if he finds it...
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Old 21.03.2011, 13:36
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Re: Spring is here: speed traps are back!

He didn't find it.

It didn't work in CH anyway, so luckily I left it at home.
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Re: Spring is here: speed traps are back!

It's the little or no warning of a drop in speed followed by police jumping from behind a tree/sign that gets me, I usually give them a friendly wave as they point the gun at my car.

Anyone know if it's illegal to warn other motorists with a quick flash who are travelling in the other direction?
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Old 21.03.2011, 15:19
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It's the little or no warning of a drop in speed followed by police jumping from behind a tree/sign that gets me, I usually give them a friendly wave as they point the gun at my car.

Anyone know if it's illegal to warn other motorists with a quick flash who are travelling in the other direction?
This is a very good question. We routinely do it back home but here, it has happened to me only once. So, I'd say flashing like this is probably illegal, or, people just want you to get your lesson.
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Anyone know if it's illegal to warn other motorists with a quick flash who are travelling in the other direction?
It is for sure and if they catch you you'll get a fine too. But I still do it. No risk, no fun.

Then again I know for sure it's illegal in Germany. So I take the "for sure" back and replace it by "most likely".
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