Brandenburg is Germany‘s speeding region
There were almost 2.8 million flashes of lightning flashes on German roads last year, with serious consequences for motorists.
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Are the Germans the people of speeders? No, says the guardian of the Flensburg traffic offender data. The figures for 2009, which he has now presented, are nevertheless thought-provoking. Especially since more and more drivers have to surrender their driving license from time to time. But the point rules could soon be changed.
NThe Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has proposed new rules for the Flensburg traffic offenders record. Last year, 470,000 drivers in Germany had to surrender their driver’s license – but KBA President Ekhard Zinke thinks the system is difficult to understand. The point regulation should therefore be reformed, said Zinke.
So far, a point that has been collected does not expire if a new one is added within a certain period of time. "That is not transparent," said Zinke. It is difficult for a traffic offender to understand how many points he has. The KBA’s suggestion: The time until a point expires is extended, but after three, six or twelve years – depending on the violation – they are definitely gone.
"These are the first thoughts on the working level," emphasized Zinke. The ADAC has long been calling for a reform of the rules. The experts there suggest that traffic offenders automatically lose their points after three years, even if they are caught again within the deadline.
However, anyone who noticed serious violations several times in these three years must continue to expect fee-based advanced courses and the loss of their driver’s license.
This means that only those road users who regularly ignored the traffic regulations and thus put others in danger are threatened with having their driving license withdrawn. The federal government must advise and decide on a reform.
The number of drivers who lost their hands in 2009 was almost five times as high as in 1991. When the KBA annual report was presented, Zinke cited reunification as the main reason for this increase: 1991 was the first full year evaluated with the new federal states would. The numbers increased especially up to 1994.
In addition, more people have cars or motorcycles per 1000 inhabitants today than in the early 1990s. In addition, a driving ban – for example when crossing a red traffic light or driving too fast – can be achieved more quickly today than 20 years ago due to different rules. "We have not become a people of madmen," emphasized Zinke. The number of point offenders in Flensburg was on January 1, 2010 with almost nine million people registered, 1.1 percent higher than a year earlier. Most of them had gone too fast.
The number of registered cars rose 1.3 percent to 41.7 million. In 2009, 3.8 million cars were newly registered – thanks to the scrapping bonus, an increase of 23.2 percent. The many new cars reduced the average age of the vehicles from 8.2 to 8.1 years. While sports cars were much less in demand with a minus of 26 percent, the number of small cars among new registrations almost doubled.
Electric and hybrid drives remained a marginal phenomenon. When it comes to colors, white cars are still in vogue. Almost every tenth car is painted white. The number of drug violations, including alcohol, fell by around ten percent. Even so, more than 200,000 crimes were still counted. The number of environmental zone violations quintupled within one year. “This is also due to the fact that there are many more environmental zones than before,” explained Zinke. 418,000 points were distributed because of the prohibited telephoning at the wheel.
Even very clear cases of driving license revocation do not prevent some drivers from getting behind the wheel: The Rhineland-Palatinate police reported on Tuesday of a driver who had been driving for three decades without a license. During a check on the A6 motorway, the 64-year-old then got caught up in contradictions. Research revealed that the man has not had a driver’s license for 30 years.
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