Starting this Wednesday ist Sept, tougher penalties will apply in Austria for dangerous speeding.
On September 1, the amendment to the “speeding regulations” comes into force. The changes in the Road Traffic Act and the Driver’s License Act relate primarily to the massive exceeding of speed limits in local areas and on open country roads. Offenders face higher fines of up to 5,000 euros and changes in the length of driving license suspensions.
In future, anyone who massively exceeds the prescribed speed limits in local areas or on open country roads will have to reckon with a significantly longer driving license suspension. “Previously, a first-time violation by 41 to 60 km/h in the local area threatened a driver’s license revocation of two weeks, so it is now a month. If the offense repeats itself, three months threaten. With each further transgression it is, depending upon severity, three to six months.
Longer in the driver’s license register
If an infringement has been committed, the entry in the driver’s license register only expires after four years. After that, a similar violation is again considered a “first time” offense.
In addition, the penalties for serious violations have been more than doubled in some cases, such as the maximum from 2,180 to 5,000 euros. The minimum amounts for speeding have also been doubled.
From Wednesday, anyone who exceeds the speed limit by more than 30 kilometers per hour will pay a minimum of 150 euros instead of the previous 70. Anyone who drives too fast by more than 40 kilometers per hour in built-up areas or more than 50 kilometers per hour outside built-up areas will in future have to pay a minimum of 300 euros instead of 150.
Measure against illegal road racing
The aim is “also to be able to take effective action against illegal street racing. These have become an ever-increasing burden and source of danger in many communities,” Hoffer stressed. “For the penalties for extreme speeding to have a deterrent effect, it is important that these measures are sufficiently communicated, which was one of the reasons for this amendment. In general, we welcome the fact that more can now be done against reckless hooligans.
However, the density and quality of monitoring by the executive are crucial, because only the threat of punishment alone does not deter real speeders,” warned the lawyer.
63 percent of all traffic accidents in which people were injured in the previous year occurred in local areas. This was pointed out by the Austrian Traffic Club (VCÖ) in a press release. A total of 22,812 people were injured and 89 people died in local areas, according to figures from Statistics Austria. 40 percent of the fatalities were pedestrians, six out of ten were older than 70 years.
The VCÖ is calling for 30 km/h to become the rule in urban areas and for higher speeds to become the exception. Such a regulation has been in force in Paris since Monday (today), in Spain since May and in Brussels since the beginning of the year.
Source: the Kurier