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Old 06.12.2011, 12:09
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Police Summons [radar infraction]

Has anyone else received a summons to the police station in the mail? What happened?

It appears I have a radar infraction, though there is nothing listed like the location or speed, etc, as has occurred on a past speed infraction. Only a request to come in person to the police station. I'm quite nervous...

Any ideas what to expect?
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Old 06.12.2011, 12:18
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Has anyone else received a summons to the police station in the mail? What happened?

It appears I have a radar infraction, though there is nothing listed like the location or speed, etc, as has occurred on a past speed infraction. Only a request to come in person to the police station. I'm quite nervous...

Any ideas what to expect?
OH had one once for parking infringement and he boss had to go yesterday for a radar infraction like you.

I will ask him about it when he phones at lunchtime then I'll get back to you. I have a feeling it has to do with the severity of the infraction but I'm not quite sure.
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Old 06.12.2011, 12:24
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Re: Police Summons

this thread in off topic? you should be in daily life or something.
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It shouldn't be too severe, my last infraction was for driving 5km an hour UNDER the limit, which I didn't know was illegal. I wish there was more information...
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Old 06.12.2011, 12:27
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this thread in off topic? you should be in daily life or something.
I wasn't sure where to put it, so off-topic is my safe catch all. Are you saying you have summons on a daily basis?
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Old 06.12.2011, 12:27
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Only time I had a speeding fine was for 6kph over. They took 5kph off to make it 1kph over...and a 20CHF fine.

Worst part was that it was in a rental so Avis charged me 40CHF to process it. Actually even worse than that was that my Brother was driving and refused to admit fault

Good luck Kirstanez.
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Old 06.12.2011, 12:29
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Has anyone else received a summons to the police station in the mail? What happened?

It appears I have a radar infraction, though there is nothing listed like the location or speed, etc, as has occurred on a past speed infraction. Only a request to come in person to the police station. I'm quite nervous...

Any ideas what to expect?

same happened to a friend of mine, they were very sneaky and twisted things.... take a lawyer with you
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Old 06.12.2011, 12:30
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I wasn't sure where to put it, so off-topic is my safe catch all. Are you saying you have summons on a daily basis?

I'm mexican.. it's part of life.
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Re: Police Summons

I received one for letting my dog of her lease in town so she could run up to the car and jump in as I opened the back remotely (she liked doing that).

Someone must have reported me because I could not even remember doing it on the day mentioned or even being in town and it was a month after the offence was recorded.

Basically I arrived at the station, the local copper took me into a room, started to speak sternly to me and I shook my head in agreement at what I thought were appropriate times (my French is awful).

I then approved of the law and apologised for my ignorance of it and he let me go with a verbal warning.

I can image a speeding offence will not be let off so lightly as you will probably receive a mandatory fine, just agree with them and let them know that you understand the importance of such community minded laws and hopefully your experience will only be a financial slap on the wrist...

One thing the Swiss do do now however is report all driving offences including speeding to all European police forces, so if you use your UK licence still you might find that you have a few points on it when you get home.
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Old 06.12.2011, 12:44
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same happened to a friend of mine, they were very sneaky and twisted things.... take a lawyer with you
Also take a translator if your not fluent in Swiss German. You don't have to answer any questions, if you agree to answer any questions you can stop at any time & don't need to answer EVERY question.

For example, is it you in the Photograph?
Answer A) it's not clear it could be anyone!
Answer B) Yes the photo is not clear but it's me for sure.

If they don't have the evidence you don't need to 'help' them.

Be careful what you say, also the protocol may be different insist on any changed or DO NOT SIGN.
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Old 06.12.2011, 12:46
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I'm not sure a fluent Swiss German speaker is the best idea in Neuchatel
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Re: Police Summons

I don't really feel like I have anything to hide. I do try to obey the laws as best I can, though do sometimes make mistakes out of ignorance, which I know is not a defense, but I guess I am hoping I will be informed rather than attacked.
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I don't really feel like I have anything to hide. I do try to obey the laws as best I can, though do sometimes make mistakes out of ignorance, which I know is not a defense, but I guess I am hoping I will be informed rather than attacked.
It's a game, they may or may not have enough evidence, they will try to trick you so be very careful. If it's clear it's you then OK, remember your innocent until proven guilty, it's their job to find the evidence, if you don't give them what they need, they probably can't go forward.

They just wan't info, the case will go before a judge, you will hear in the mail at a later date the outcome.
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Old 06.12.2011, 12:59
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It shouldn't be too severe, my last infraction was for driving 5km an hour UNDER the limit, which I didn't know was illegal. I wish there was more information...
Off topic to your original question but:

What was the speed limit when you were fined for 5Km under?

There must be many,many occasions when the maximum speed limit is too high a speed for the road conditions.
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I don't really feel like I have anything to hide. I do try to obey the laws as best I can, though do sometimes make mistakes out of ignorance, which I know is not a defense, but I guess I am hoping I will be informed rather than attacked.
I can come with you if you want to help with translation.

Not sure they'll be able to tell much from a photo. A crash helmet tends to hide your face pretty well.
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Off topic to your original question but:

What was the speed limit when you were fined for 5Km under?

There must be many,many occasions when the maximum speed limit is too high a speed for the road conditions.
The limit was 70km/h. I was going 65km/hour. It was night and it was my first time on that section so I was being careful. It was also like Porshe's experience where the fine itself was low but was doubled by the rental car administrative fees.
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I can come with you if you want to help with translation.

Not sure they'll be able to tell much from a photo. A crash helmet tends to hide your face pretty well.
Make sure the OP wears a different helmet when going to the Police station!
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One thing the Swiss do do now however is report all driving offences including speeding to all European police forces, so if you use your UK licence still you might find that you have a few points on it when you get home.
When did the Swiss get into a bilateral agreement with the UK?
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One thing the Swiss do do now however is report all driving offences including speeding to all European police forces, so if you use your UK licence still you might find that you have a few points on it when you get home.
Who told you that?


The UK does not have a bilateral agreement on motoring offences with any member state of the EU or CH.

There is the European Convention on the Punishment of Road Traffic Offences 1964 but is also not valid as UK has notsigned up for it or have any agreement with CH.

At present CH shares driver info with FR,DE and AT.

Unless something has had a major shakeup and has been kept quiet, people will not have points on the UK licence fo european motoring offences.
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