Shock revelation: judge says speeding fines used only to raise revenue

By Lawyers Weekly|03 March 2012

A German judge has become the coolest judge on the block after letting 42 speeding drivers off the hook in one week because he thinks speeding laws are there only to line the state's…

A German judge has become the coolest judge on the block after letting 42 speeding drivers off the hook in one week because he thinks speeding laws are there only to line the state's pockets.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Reuters reports that Judge Helmut Knoener simply wanted to take a stand against the current practice of prosecuting speeders, so threw out all 42 cases pertaining to lead feet.

Apparently, Knoener believes speed controls are not in place to ensure greater road safety, but rather to provide the cash-strapped government with an additional source of revenue (now there's a novel argument).

SPONSORED CONTENT

Knoener also sees no legal justification whatsoever for using photos in speeding-related court cases and has called for clearer regulations on how, when and where speed controls can be used.

Needless to say, 62-year-old Knoener has been "the man" on the bench over the past week, but speeders who think they've escaped scot free may still be in for a shock, with the Public Prosecution Service still able to appeal the sentences.

Shock revelation: judge says speeding fines used only to raise revenue
Intro image
lawyersweekly logo
SME Law

latest

Over 40k Aussies join biggest energy class action

Over 40k Aussies join biggest energy class action

Partners share significance of WHS shake-up

Partners share significance of WHS shake-up

Brisbane

Brisbane firm fails to pause compensation hearing pending negligence suit

Why migration applications are stacking up in courts right now

Why migration applications are stacking up in courts right now

FROM THE WEB
Recommended by Spike Native Network