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Short Update: Significant increase of speeding fines in Berlin

FT Admin - June 3, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, New criminal offences

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, more and more drivers have been caught speeding on the streets of the German capital Berlin. Since April 2020, the number of investigation proceedings concerning illegal car races has increased significantly, the Senate Administration of Justice ("Senatsverwaltung für Justiz") announced.  

While between January and March of this year, an average of 10 to 15 new investigation proceedings were opened each week, the numbers have been rising since mid-April. The week before Easter (20 April to 26 April 2020) was the highest point so far with 32 new investigation proceedings.  

Since 13 April 2020, the Berlin public prosecutors have initiated 109 new investigation proceedings concerning speeding on the streets of Berlin (as of 24 May 2020). A spokesperson for the Justice Administration ("Justizverwaltung") said that due to contact restrictions in Germany, which had caused less traffic on the roads, there was simply more room for "racing activities" (see Berlin.de, 1 June 2020 in German). 

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