Because of the corona pandemic, there were comparatively few vehicles on Bavaria's roads last year - but the number of speed offenders increased. The Minister of the Interior issues a clear warning.
Munich/Straubing (dpa/lby) - According to the Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU), the police now have more time for traffic controls after the Corona measures have been abolished.
Because: According to the statistics published on Friday by the Bavarian police administration, the number of times the speed limit was exceeded on Bavaria's roads increased last year - although comparatively few vehicles were on the road due to the corona pandemic. "Where warning words don't help and the mind fails, we will help with fines and driving bans." The police are stepping up their speed controls this year, Herrmann said.
Around 1.1 million speed violations were registered. The police administration office in Straubing announced that there were almost 100,000 more cases than in 2020. In 35,851 cases, the speed limit was exceeded so much that the driver was not allowed to get behind the wheel for at least a month. "These are thousands of cases of gross unreasonableness and recklessness," said Herrmann, according to the statement.
Driving too fast is responsible for around a quarter of traffic fatalities in Bavaria. In 2021, 109 people were killed in speed accidents. "When it comes to speed checks, the police use the latest measuring technology, such as special laser measuring guns and high-precision digital measuring devices," added Herrmann.
Overall, the Bavarian police issued 1.57 million warnings and around 711,000 fines last year. 153,323 fines were issued because the warnings initially issued were not accepted or paid on time. In connection with the warning and fine procedures, drivers had to pay an amount of almost 117 million euros.
According to figures from the police administration office, 25 percent of traffic offenses involved driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. "A clear proof that a control focus is to be settled in these areas in the future," said President Timo Payer.