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Old 08.05.2012, 14:04
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You should be doing the speed limit as you go past the sign. So, in essence you should see the sign in advance and decelerate so that you are at the right speed as you enter the new limit.
Does this mean I can start speeding up when I see the 120 (or zoom //) sign while I am in an 80 or 100 zone?
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Old 08.05.2012, 14:12
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Does this mean I can start speeding up when I see the 120 (or zoom //) sign while I am in an 80 or 100 zone?
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Old 08.05.2012, 14:29
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Have you ever seen a 40kph change here? I've always observed increments of 20 when slowing, which isn't that hard or unfair.

In Germany those damned "warning" speed limit signs get me. Though, since I'm up around 200, I'm glad they have the warning before the actual!
Not only those. The one that have a tiny, little "Bei Nässe/When wet" sign are even more annoying.

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Does this mean I can start speeding up when I see the 120 (or zoom //) sign while I am in an 80 or 100 zone?
Yes, definitively! And when you can see the German border, like near Rheinfelden and Schweizerhalle, there is no speed limit at all.
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Does this mean I can start speeding up when I see the 120 (or zoom //) sign while I am in an 80 or 100 zone?
sure. but up to 80 or 100 until you pass by the 120 sign.
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luckily he didn't have a radar gun.
I'm sorry if this throws your thread off topic, but after reading this I've been wondering... do police in Switzerland shoot radar and hand out speeding tickets ?

The reason why I'm wondering is that I've been told by more than two people that police do not give out speeding tickets, and that it's all done by speeding cameras. If you speed, and get caught by the camera; then the ticket is just mailed to your house.

However, I do recall going to Coop once and seeing a terrified and sobbing teenage girl sitting in her car while two police cars had her pinned into a parking space, and the officers were talking to her.

I wondered what had happened... I don't think it was a parking ticket
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Old 08.05.2012, 14:39
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I forgot my smiley to make sure you knew I was only facetiously asking the question...
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Re: Variable speed limits??

jokes aside, I would not expect any radar or as such in say half the new speedlimit in meters from the sign. Even when approaching the tunnels, the speedlimit is reduced to 100 substantially before the tunnel while the radars are placed inside the tunnel not before.
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Old 08.05.2012, 14:53
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I'm sorry if this throws your thread off topic, but after reading this I've been wondering... do police in Switzerland shoot radar and hand out speeding tickets ?

The reason why I'm wondering is that I've been told by more than two people that police do not give out speeding tickets, and that it's all done by speeding cameras. If you speed, and get caught by the camera; then the ticket is just mailed to your house.

However, I do recall going to Coop once and seeing a terrified and sobbing teenage girl sitting in her car while two police cars had her pinned into a parking space, and the officers were talking to her.

I wondered what had happened... I don't think it was a parking ticket

I can't say what happened to the girl sitting in the car ( honest I never touched her officer ) but your question about police and speeding tickets.... yes and no.

I've never been actually stopped by police and handed a ticket but I have been caught and mailed a ticket from mobile police speed cameras
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Old 08.05.2012, 16:49
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However, I do recall going to Coop once and seeing a terrified and sobbing teenage girl sitting in her car while two police cars had her pinned into a parking space, and the officers were talking to her.

I wondered what had happened... I don't think it was a parking ticket
It was probably another sort of traffic offense. Very shortly after I received my new Swiss license (the very same day, in fact), I was headed back to have an error on my license corrected. There was a police car right behind me. As I was completely lost, I indicated left and turned into a vacant car park.

Little did I realise that I had crossed a solid white line. In my mind, a solid white line means "do not pass", but in Switzerland it is essentially the same thing as a concrete wall. The police pulled in after me and I (luckily) received a stern talking-to, but no ticket.

Very lucky, too -- I understand that the penalty for crossing a white line is more than CHF500.
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Re: Variable speed limits??

In my car, dropping from 120 -> 80 by freewheeling the moment you can make out the sign is impossible - especially so with a downhill gradient. Yay for modern aerodynamics...The only way I can freewheel down to the speed is to know it's there in advance.

Which takes us back to the original point - 120 -> 80 using standard road sign sizes forces people to brake. 120 -> 100 -> 80 in 50% more distance would encourage freewheeling, prevent traffic bunching and the ripple of brake lights, and improve safety.
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Little did I realise that I had crossed a solid white line. In my mind, a solid white line means "do not pass", but in Switzerland it is essentially the same thing as a concrete wall.
This wouldn't be so bad, if the white lines were used logically. Anyone who's done the A4 zurich -> Luzern road via Sihlbrugg will know what I mean; sections that have clear overtaking opportunity = solid line. Blind corner or hill = dashed line.
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I'm sorry if this throws your thread off topic, but after reading this I've been wondering... do police in Switzerland shoot radar and hand out speeding tickets ?
Yes they do.

Back OT, can't find a reference for it but although the speed limit legally starts by the sign, the police have to leave a gap before they are aloowed to set up a speed trap - I believe 50m or 100m but I'm not 100% sure of the exact distance.
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