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Overview - European Speed Tickets and Police ReactionsOverview - European Speed Tickets and Police Reactions

The only complete Web reference on European speeding, speed tickets and police reactions

Data on this is difficult to find:
I will appreciate any hints or useful web links mailed to ROADMC. Right now, I am looking for more data on Greeece. And Finland is still a Social-Democratic Puzzle ... ( a Finn received a fine of more than 110 000? for driving with 75km/h in a 50-zone! )

a graphical comparison on European license withdrawals and jail sentencesClick the chart for a graphical comparison on European license withdrawals and jail sentences.
Note that Norway is a clear ďwinnerĒ: This country will land you in jail before other countries even withdraw your license ...

facts on deaths per billion km drivenClick the chart for a graphical comparison on deaths per billion km driven in different countries.
Educated assumption: There is no correlation whatsoever between vehicle speeds (or speed enforcement) and accident rate in different countries.
Are other factors more important in determining national accident rates than speed?

Wolfgang Metzele has another list on speeding in the EU (more countries, but not too many details). He also provides lots of links and still more info other types of verbrechungen.

Click here to read my readerís letter to Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten in January 2002 (in Norwegian).
It was, of course, refused. Anything related to speeding seems to be a no-topic in Norway.

Some interesting (and fact-based) speeding links: 

 

This is no call for unlawful behavior:
Drive safely and remember that speed does not necessarily kill.
There is ONLY ONE WAY for drivers to set their speed at a safe level:
They must always choose a speed that allows them to stop comfortably, on their own side of the road, within the distance that they can guarantee to be clear.
Speed limits only provide very weak guidance and safe speeds are frequently far above or far below the speed limit.
Please visit Safe Speed. You canít measure safe driving in miles per hour" for more reason.
The International Road Traffic Accident Database (IRTAD) has some interesting facts on road fatalities and injuries. Compare these facts to the different national speed limits and law enforcement behaviors ..

  The important numbers :
Country Type of road town country motorway
 details on Austria
Austria 
Common speed-limit 50 100 130
License withdrawn 90 150 180
Jail sentence - - -
 details on Belgium
Belgium 
Common speed-limit 50 90 120
License withdrawn 80 130 160
Jail sentence ( ? ) - - -
 details on Denmark
Denmark 
Common speed-limit 50 80 130
License withdrawn
(by repeated offences only)
80 128 160
Jail sentence - - -
 details on Finland
Finland 
Common speed-limit 50 100 120
License withdrawn 76 140 160
Jail sentence - - -
 details on France
France 
Common speed-limit 50 90 130
License withdrawn 90 130 170
Jail sentence
(by repeated offences only)
100 140 180
 details on Germany
Germany 
Common speed-limit 50 100 -
License withdrawn 80 140 -
Jail sentence - - -
 details on Great Britain
Great Britain 
Common speed-limit 48 96 112
License withdrawn 95 145 160
Jail sentence - - -
 details on Ireland
Ireland 
Common speed-limit 48 96 112
License withdrawn - - -
Jail sentence - - -
 details on Italy
Italy 
Common speed-limit 50 90 130
License withdrawn 90 130 170
Jail sentence - - -
 details on Luxembourg
Luxembourg 
Common speed-limit 50 90 130
License withdrawn - - -
Jail sentence - - -
 details on Netherlands
Netherlands 
Common speed-limit 50 80 120
License withdrawn 100 130 170
Jail sentence - - -
 details on Norway
Norway 
Common speed-limit 50 80 90
License withdrawn 76 116 126
Jail sentence ( unconditional ) 97 131 141
 details on Poland
Poland 
Common speed-limit 50 90 140
License withdrawn - - -
Jail sentence - - -
 details on Portugal
Portugal 
Common speed-limit 50 90 120
License withdrawn 80 120 150
Jail sentence - - -
 details on Spain
Spain 
Common speed-limit 50 90 120
License withdrawn 65 120 160
Jail sentence - - -
 details on Sweden
Sweden 
Common speed-limit 50 90 110
License withdrawn 80 120 140
Jail sentence - - -
 details on Switzerland
Switzerland 
Common speed-limit 50 80 120
License withdrawn 75 110 155
Jail sentence - - -
  Speed limits and typical fine, by country :
Country limit
town
limit
country
limit
motorway
+20 km/h speeding
fine (euro)
Austria 50 100 130 45
Belgium 50 90 120 min 200
Bulgaria 50 90 120 max 15
Croatia 50 80 120 15-30
Denmark 50 80 130 200
Finland 50 100 120 110
France 50 90 130 min 90
Germany 50 100 130 30-40
Great Britain 48 96 112 160
Greece 50 110 120 30-60
Hungary 50 90 130 max 120
Ireland 48 96 112 80
Italy 50 90 130 min 125
Luxembourg 50 90 120 50
Netherlands 50 80 120 52-104
best in classNorway 50 80 90/100 460
Poland 60 90 130 min 35
Portugal 50 90 120 min 50
Rumania 50 90 130 9-18
Spain 50 90 120 120-180
Sweden 50 90 110 125-150
Switzerland 50 80 120 120-305
Turkey 50 90 130 35
The limits/fines above, were first printed in ADAC magazine, June 2001
(later modified by ROADMC).

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Fines and reactions are known to change without any warnings in many countries.
Please report any changes or errors to ROADMC.

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