Police Send Out First 500 Traffic Fines by Post
Last month TheDaily reported how the police force in Slovakia will start fining people by post instead of stopping them after an offence is committed, and daily Pravda writes today about how the new undercover system is working.
To date the police have reportedly sent out around 528 fines to unsuspecting drivers who have committed some traffic offence and been caught by a speed trap or camera in the last two weeks in January. Most of those fined are from the Trnava region, which may be just that the police there are more zealous about their new found power.
Penalties between EUR 20 – EUR 800 have been sent out to the drivers, mostly for speeding offences. The idea of objective liability that is being applied to certain offences, includes the likes of ignoring a no entry sign, illegal stopping, not giving way, running a red light, illegal turning or crossing, or overtaking at points where it is not permitted.
As a special incentive bonus, if you pay up the fine within 15 days, you get a one third discount, meaning you only have to pay two thirds of the stated fine. If you have committed an offence, you should receive your notification within 3 weeks along with a photograph for posterity. The daily cites some 40,440 road offences occurring in Slovakia just in January.