Driver gives middle finger to speed camera and receives 5.000-euro fine
Not for the first time, a driver in Germany has landed himself in hot water - and received a hefty fine - after making a rather rude hand gesture to a speed camera.
Speed camera insult lands driver hefty fine
The district court in Passau in Bavaria slapped a 5.000-euro fine on the 53-year-old driver after he pointed his middle finger in the direction of two police officers operating a speedometer last August.
The case, which was described by the regional court as “no trivial offence”, has dragged on for almost nine months, before finally concluding in a court hearing at the end of May.
The man was not caught speeding himself, but was flashed when he was overtaken by a car exceeding the speed limit on the autobahn near the Donautal Ost service station. When police analysed the photo, they noticed the offending finger and filed a criminal complaint.
At first, the driver tried to object to the penalty order, but after several months of proceedings he accepted the charges and was sentenced to 50 so-called unit fines of 100 euros each, resulting in a total fine of 5.000 euros. He also wrote a letter to the two police officers, in which he apologised and said he regretted the incident.
Showing middle finger to other road users is a criminal offence
It may seem silly, but insulting speed cameras, police officers, or even other drivers, can get you into a great deal of trouble in Germany. The Criminal Code states that showing the middle finger to another road user while driving is a criminal offence, punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year, or a fine.