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Solid white line crossed

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Crossed solid white line in overtaking a stopped bus and caught by police. No opposite traffic present and no accidents happened.
They noted down the details and have asked me to report at police station.
I have gone though most of related threads however haven't come across that one has to visit the station.
I know it means heavy fine but why the need to visit station ?

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Old 27.01.2019, 16:25
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Re: Solid white line crossed

Nothing weird for being called in when it comes to a heavy breach of traffic rules where the fine depends on the exact situation (and likely your explanation as to why you did it, and "impatient" or "did not matter" are wrong answers.
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Re: Solid white line crossed

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Nothing weird for being called in when it comes to a heavy breach of traffic rules where the fine depends on the exact situation (and likely your explanation as to why you did it, and "impatient" or "did not matter" are wrong answers.
Thanks, but then what is the correct answer ? The true answers are already mentioned as wrong
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Old 27.01.2019, 16:44
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Thanks, but then what is the correct answer ? The true answers are already mentioned as wrong
How about telling the truth?
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Re: Solid white line crossed

A Swiss colleague advised me once to regard solid white lines as concrete walls because the fines are pretty heavy.
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Old 27.01.2019, 17:14
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Thanks, but then what is the correct answer ? The true answers are already mentioned as wrong
There is no correct answer.
Unless your life was in danger there is no valid reason for crossing a solid white line. ( actually there are a couple of reasons but neither them involve overtaking a stopped bus).
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Old 27.01.2019, 18:00
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My BIL was caught in ZH for crossing a solid white line in ~2011(ish) and it cost him CHF700, but he didn’t have to go to either the police station or court. Just received the bill through the post.
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Old 27.01.2019, 18:19
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There is no correct answer.
Unless your life was in danger there is no valid reason for crossing a solid white line. ( actually there are a couple of reasons but neither them involve overtaking a stopped bus).
There are in fact many reasons for doing so, but in the eyes of the law they're not acceptable as excuses.
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There are in fact many reasons for doing so, but in the eyes of the law they're not acceptable as excuses.
Thanks to all those who answered.
I very well understand now in such a case - no excuse is good excuse
But then what should I say when they ask why I did it - Is 'shit happens' put mildly acceptable ?
Or what is the most diplomatic answer in such a case ?
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Old 27.01.2019, 18:39
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Re: Solid white line crossed

It happened to my father here in ZH almost 10 years ago to have crossed the double white line and the police stopped us. We were "lucky" that it was raining heavily and we could explain that for that reason, the line was not clearly visible. Result: got Sfr. 300.- fine per post.
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Re: Solid white line crossed

Inside city limits or outside?

Just a bit of bad luck if it was inside. Starting January 1st 2020 it can be handled by a simple fine of CHF 140 https://www.ejpd.admin.ch/ejpd/de/ho...019-01-16.html

Now you will get a fine from a procescutor, court fees, and a warning (with other fees) from the driving license authority.


What do say? Silence is a valid option. At least you will not say anything wrong/
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Old 27.01.2019, 19:16
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Re: Solid white line crossed

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Thanks to all those who answered.
I very well understand now in such a case - no excuse is good excuse
But then what should I say when they ask why I did it - Is 'shit happens' put mildly acceptable ?
Or what is the most diplomatic answer in such a case ?
The police really aren't bothered with the 'why', so even if they ask it won't make any difference what you say. Best bet is to say as little as possible, just a shrug of shoulders, whatever. Read this similar thread for more info.
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Inside city limits or outside?

Just a bit of bad luck if it was inside. Starting January 1st 2020 it can be handled by a simple fine of CHF 140 https://www.ejpd.admin.ch/ejpd/de/ho...019-01-16.html

Now you will get a fine from a procescutor, court fees, and a warning (with other fees) from the driving license authority.


What do say? Silence is a valid option. At least you will not say anything wrong/
Inside city limits. Unfortunate situation to be in.
Thanks for the information.

Will it have an impact on future C permit or Citizenship application ?

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The police really aren't bothered with the 'why', so even if they ask it won't make any difference what you say. Best bet is to say as little as possible, just a shrug of shoulders, whatever. Read this similar thread for more info.
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Old 27.01.2019, 19:56
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Re: Solid white line crossed

Pregnancy bump and tears on being caught resulted in my wife getting the following advice: 'Don't get upset, it will affect you baby. Just go.'
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Old 27.01.2019, 19:59
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Thanks, but then what is the correct answer ?
"The bus was stationary for long time and I thought he had a technical problem. I proceeded with caution to circle around him, I didn't overtake"
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Did the bus have his right hand or fourway signals flashing? You could say you thought he was signalling you to pass?

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I know it means heavy fine but why the need to visit station ?

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Did you have all your documents with you? If not, maybe it's a "producer"?
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Did you have all your documents with you? If not, maybe it's a "producer"?
Yes, all documents.
If they have seen and I didn't really give excuses, and they were sure, why a visit is needed?
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Did the bus have his right hand or fourway signals flashing? You could say you thought he was signalling you to pass?
Nothing of that sort. The bus had just arrived and being a main stop it was expected to wait some time, which probably woke up the impatient devil in me
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Yes, all documents.
If they have seen and I didn't really give excuses, and they were sure, why a visit is needed?
They may be "trawling" or just wanting to check up the documents.
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