Switzerland: Tougher Traffic Laws - Prison Sentences
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Author: Mike Werner
Location: Normandy, France
Switzerland used to be a country where you could speed on your motorcycle as long as you were willing to pay the high speeding fines. It used to be a money game; rich people (and they have a lot of them there), could ride as fast as they wanted, since if one of the many radars caught them, they just pay the fine. For mere mortals, the fine would be prohibitive, but for the rich, it's just cigar money.
But not anymore. A new law passed recently, calling for strict measures against speeders and dangerous driving. Now the Swiss will be sent to jail, from 1 to 4 years.
Some of the new rules and speed limit thresholds are: 70 kph in a 30 kph zone, 100 kph in a 50 zone and 140 kph in an 80 zone. Do one of those, and you'll end up in a cell with a cell-mate named Bubba (or whatever the Swiss equivalent). To make sure the Swiss obey the law, they have outlawed vehicles from warning each other of there's a speed check up ahead. They will not throw you in prison, but you can expect a hefty fine.
You have to ask yourself; do they serve cheese and chocolates in Swiss cells??
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