About 10,000 drivers with a mobile phone at the wheel, caught

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In the case of the large-scale traffic control, the authorities went thousands of offenders into the network, including many cyclists. These hefty penalties now part.


At the first Germany-wide day of action against distraction in road traffic, the police has caught more than 10,000 cell phone sinner. Overall were checked on Thursday, a total of 137,000 vehicles, such as Saxony-Anhalt’s interior Ministry announced on Friday. “I feared that the number will be so high,” says Holger Stahlknecht, the interior Minister of Saxony-Anhalt.

Saxony-Anhalt has the presidency of the conference of interior Ministers and was, therefore, for the Organisation of the action day “for Sure. Mobile. Life.” is responsible. This should increase people’s awareness of the dangers of distraction on the road. Nationwide, 11,000 of police officers at more than 3000 places were good.

In addition to the controls, more than 33,000 people have been reached also in the case of conversations and actions. This includes a roll-over simulator in Magdeburg, a Kettcar course in Göttingen or a colorful flying blind carpet in Wuppertal. The 14-metre-long carpet marked the path of a car at 50 km / h in one second – for example, if the driver looks at his phone instead of on the road.

The findings of Transportation researchers to be clear: Who is looking, when Driving on his cell phone instead of the road, acting as if he would go with 0.8 to 1.0 per Mille of alcohol in the blood, calculating Minister for the interior steel servant. Typing on the steering Wheel to return meters long-way reactive and react with a delay. Some of the info campaign summarizes it this way: kill-tap.

Expensive it is, moreover,: Since the autumn of last year, mobile phone have to shell out a sinner at the wheel significantly more fine: Instead of 60 Euro and a 100 Euro and a point of straining the wallet and the transport account in Flensburg. With hazard or damage as a result of the use of mobile phones even 200 Euro, two points in Flensburg and a month’s driving ban due. Also cyclists are not spared: they have to pay instead of 25 Euro-55 Euro if you are caught with the cell phone on the wheel.

cfr/dpa

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