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Police were at my door over a Traffic Ticket?

It's Friday, August 31st and 15 minutes ago (6.00pm) a policeman knocked at my door and I of course opened it and he started to go on and on about something in German but I stopped him and said I did not speak too much German at which point he produced a traffic ticket, radar pictures with me in them driving our family car and some forms that apparently my husband and I had incorrectly completed. I tried to call my husband who is Swiss, no answer so I called our Lawyer and she then explained to me that we had apparently received a traffic ticket but my husband had completed the form and signed his name and that was wrong because the radar pictures showed it was a woman. Trouble is, we have one car.. we share it on a daily basis so it's hard to tell who was where and when. The policeman understood that and did not doubt me especially because our lawyer had explained what was going on but I'm still in shock that the police have a right to come to your door at 6.00pm and demand that you provide an explanation as to why a traffic ticket was incorrectly completed and demand for your personal information. I must add that i live in a VERY small village and we stick out along with two other families one from D.C. and the other from Chicago. I'M VERY, VERY, disturbed by this incident. A speeding ticket people..a speeding ticket! I have only been here for 10 months and I'm ready to pack my bags and get the hell out of this rigid country!
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How bad was the speeding infraction? If the driver had been doing 56 in a 50 area, yes, a visit from the police is a bit excessive but if it had been a biggie (driving like a nutter in a built up area) maybe they came over the relieve one of you of your licence and issue you with a date for a court appearance?
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Re: Police were at my door over a Traffic Ticket?

I am sorry for your experience but I think you should have waited more than 15 minutes to start a new thread

I do not understand what is the problem with 6 pm but try to look from their point of view...the guy was checking to see why a man wrote a report and the picture shows a woman which is illegal. Also, you said it yourself, they guy understood...what if he did not care about your explanations? Why do you mention rigid when actually he was not?

I do hope you feel better now and...yes...a speeding ticket is a speeding ticket!
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Re: Police were at my door over a Traffic Ticket?

It could as well been that the police office thought he might do you a favor and instead of having you come to the station and sort it out just quickly dropping by at a time when people are likely to be home to sort out the issue in a quite and at ease manners.
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Re: Police were at my door over a Traffic Ticket?

Good point but I think the main problem was that a man signed and the picture showed a woman...don't you think?


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Do you have any idea why you husband filled in the form saying he was driving, and not you?
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How bad was the speeding infraction? If the driver had been doing 56 in a 50 area, yes, a visit from the police is a bit excessive but if it had been a biggie (driving like a nutter in a built up area) maybe they came over the relieve one of you of your licence and issue you with a date for a court appearance?
Apparently, I was driving 11KM over the speeding limit. So not too bad...but yes, I think a visit is a little excessive. He wasn't there to issue a warrant or anything like that, he just said that the form was incorrectly completed and he took it upon himself to come to our home to sort it out?! at 6.00pm!! I'm usually very careful when I drive, actually it's my very first ticket so you can imagine I'm a little bit on the edge. I have never had cops come to my door over a speeding ticket or anything for that matter. This just takes it to a whole new level for me!
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You shopuld be happy they took the trouble, technically you provided incorredct detaiuls which could also be called a fraudulent declaration, it is not unheard of this to happen....
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Apparently, I was driving 11KM over the speeding limit. So not too bad...but yes, I think a visit is a little excessive. He wasn't there to issue a warrant or anything like that, he just said that the form was incorrectly completed and he took it upon himself to come to our home to sort it out?! at 6.00pm!! I'm usually very careful when I drive, actually it's my very first ticket so you can imagine I'm a little bit on the edge. I have never had cops come to my door over a speeding ticket or anything for that matter. This just takes it to a whole new level for me!
ok. i think though you need to get over it as you read it as being excessive,but, as you say you are in a small town, he was probably being nice and just popping by to let you know it wasn't filled out correctly.

if anything it seems he was being helpful. things don't work the same here as they do in _____(insert where ever you are from) but honestly you should calm down- take it as a sign that things are different and adapt.
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Do you have any idea why you husband filled in the form saying he was driving, and not you?
Like I mentioned, we share the car on a daily basis, but my husband drives it 90% of the time as I'm still getting used the area, so 9 times out of 10 he may have been the one driving. Also, since we are in a very small village we use the same darn roads everyday. He would not knowingly say he was driving while I was actually the one doing it. It was an honest mistake and so for the cops to come to my door for that is a little but much. Also, he was not happy that he was dealing with an American, at all . When I mentioned that I was calling my lawyer, his attitude shifted. Is Switzerland really this f***d up? ugh!
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Re: Police were at my door over a Traffic Ticket?

Ok...so one hour later you are still upset
11 in what area? 30, 50? It is really important! Also, it would have been better for you to go down to the station? You need to understand that signing the form when another person was driving it is quite serious so he was checking out. Why don't you see the positive? He understood...a "rigid" swiss would have been different



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Apparently, I was driving 11KM over the speeding limit. So not too bad...but yes, I think a visit is a little excessive. He wasn't there to issue a warrant or anything like that, he just said that the form was incorrectly completed and he took it upon himself to come to our home to sort it out?! at 6.00pm!! I'm usually very careful when I drive, actually it's my very first ticket so you can imagine I'm a little bit on the edge. I have never had cops come to my door over a speeding ticket or anything for that matter. This just takes it to a whole new level for me!
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It's Friday, August 31st and 15 minutes ago (6.00pm) a policeman knocked at my door and I of course opened it and he started to go on and on about something in German but I stopped him and said I did not speak too much German at which point he produced a traffic ticket, radar pictures with me in them driving our family car and some forms that apparently my husband and I had incorrectly completed. I tried to call my husband who is Swiss, no answer so I called our Lawyer and she then explained to me that we had apparently received a traffic ticket but my husband had completed the form and signed his name and that was wrong because the radar pictures showed it was a woman. Trouble is, we have one car.. we share it on a daily basis so it's hard to tell who was where and when. The policeman understood that and did not doubt me especially because our lawyer had explained what was going on but I'm still in shock that the police have a right to come to your door at 6.00pm and demand that you provide an explanation as to why a traffic ticket was incorrectly completed and demand for your personal information. I must add that i live in a VERY small village and we stick out along with two other families one from D.C. and the other from Chicago. I'M VERY, VERY, disturbed by this incident. A speeding ticket people..a speeding ticket! I have only been here for 10 months and I'm ready to pack my bags and get the hell out of this rigid country!
small town is more like it...it's more personalized here-especially in tiny villages...
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It's Friday, August 31st and 15 minutes ago (6.00pm) a policeman knocked at my door and I of course opened it and he started to go on and on about something in German but I stopped him and said I did not speak too much German at which point he produced a traffic ticket, radar pictures with me in them driving our family car and some forms that apparently my husband and I had incorrectly completed. I tried to call my husband who is Swiss, no answer so I called our Lawyer and she then explained to me that we had apparently received a traffic ticket but my husband had completed the form and signed his name and that was wrong because the radar pictures showed it was a woman. Trouble is, we have one car.. we share it on a daily basis so it's hard to tell who was where and when. The policeman understood that and did not doubt me especially because our lawyer had explained what was going on but I'm still in shock that the police have a right to come to your door at 6.00pm and demand that you provide an explanation as to why a traffic ticket was incorrectly completed and demand for your personal information. I must add that i live in a VERY small village and we stick out along with two other families one from D.C. and the other from Chicago. I'M VERY, VERY, disturbed by this incident. A speeding ticket people..a speeding ticket! I have only been here for 10 months and I'm ready to pack my bags and get the hell out of this rigid country!
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ok. i think though you need to get over it as you read it as being excessive,but, as you say you are in a small town, he was probably being nice and just popping by to let you know it wasn't filled out correctly.

if anything it seems he was being helpful. things don't work the same here as they do in _____(insert where ever you are from) but honestly you should calm down- take it as a sign that things are different and adapt.
Oh no.. he wasn't there as a favor to me. He was there to throw his weight around and his attitude changed when I got my lawyer on the phone. I come from Atlanta, GA and our police force is one that deserves to be in a permanent hall of shame. I get that i'm in a new place and I have to adapt..and I will but I'm not happy at all. It would have helped if he had a good attitude, but he did not. He also tried to have me sign a new form which he completed himself using the personal information that he had obtained from my B card and Drivers License and when I refused he got loud and that's why I thought to call my lawyer. I'm livid... I don't think that's legal at all. Anyway, we will see him on Monday and we are bringing the Lawyer as well.
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Apparently, I was driving 11KM over the speeding limit. So not too bad...but yes, I think a visit is a little excessive. He wasn't there to issue a warrant or anything like that, he just said that the form was incorrectly completed and he took it upon himself to come to our home to sort it out?! at 6.00pm!! I'm usually very careful when I drive, actually it's my very first ticket so you can imagine I'm a little bit on the edge. I have never had cops come to my door over a speeding ticket or anything for that matter. This just takes it to a whole new level for me!
What is it with the 6pm? It is very early or you go to bed? I understand you might be upset but I think you are a little too emotional about this. Was the police officer nice? Did he shout at you? He understood, right? You didn't have to go back by yourself to fix the whole thing, the guy avoided you the whole trouble by just hopping over to tell you.

Deep breath, nothing bad happened, on the contrary.
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Ok...so one hour later you are still upset
11 in what area? 30, 50? It is really important! Also, it would have been better for you to go down to the station? You need to understand that signing the form when another person was driving it is quite serious so he was checking out. Why don't you see the positive? He understood...a "rigid" swiss would have been different
Oh let me be dude! ! it was a 50 Zone! and my husband did not knowingly sign the form to be sneaky, he drives this car 90% of the time. This man had a huge stick up his a** but anyway... over and out!
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Well, look at it from positive side. Police took their time to deliver the ticket with effort of straightening it up. Just as inconvenient thing on their part as on yours. Time of visit 18h00 is by no means offense, it is acceptable (as long as you left with enough time to shower before 22h00, which failing so subject to their another visit). You will get used to it. Give it a shot and postpone packing up the bags
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Are you sure that you need to lawyer-up and have this attitude? You said that it is a small village...reputation means something...just saying

Also...yes it was an honest mistake...but it could have been a serious one. What if he did not believe you?


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Oh no.. he wasn't there as a favor to me. He was there to throw his weight around and his attitude changed when I got my lawyer on the phone. I come from Atlanta, GA and our police force is one that deserves to be in a permanent hall of shame. I get that i'm in a new place and I have to adapt..and I will but I'm not happy at all. It would have helped if he had a good attitude, but he did not. He also tried to have me sign a new form which he completed himself using the personal information that he had obtained from my B card and Drivers License and when I refused he got loud and that's why I thought to call my lawyer. I'm livid... I don't think that's legal at all. Anyway, we will see him on Monday and we are bringing the Lawyer as well.
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What is it with the 6pm? It is very early or you go to bed? I understand you might be upset but I think you are a little too emotional about this. Was the police officer nice? Did he shout at you? He understood, right? You didn't have to go back by yourself to fix the whole thing, the guy avoided you the whole trouble by just hopping over to tell you.

Deep breath, nothing bad happened, on the contrary.
How do I put this ... he was not happy that we could not communicate and got loud while pointing at my picture and proceeded to check my documents (B Permit and Drivers License), started completing a new form for me to sign even though he knew that i did not understand a word, but his attitude changed when I got a lawyer on the phone and she explained to him and to me what was happening and only then did he calm down. I have kids as well and they were a little on edge.
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