Busted #2

The other day I was driving home from Einkaufzentrum Seiersberg, when I got pulled over at a speed trap on Petrifelderstrasse. I wasn’t speeding, but I didn’t have my lights on. Didn’t have my lights on! I know that you have to have your lights on any time you drive in Austria, night or day. My wife reminds me all the time. But, hey, I forgot.

Not only that, I didn’t have my driver’s license with me. Yeah, I know. Dumm.

So, the nice lady policeperson started jabbering with my wife, who was riding shotgun, because my German is still on the level of a 1-year-old, and not a smart 1-year-old at that. I am thinking, that’s it, I’m done for. They are going to deport me for stupid driving.

But no, they let me stay. The police lady wrote all my information down on a tiny, dog-eared spiral notebook and then asked me for 15 Euros. I gave it to her. Then she told me to bring my driver’s license by the police station the next day. And she smiled and waved goodbye.

Is this a great country, or what?

1 Comment so far

  1. MelT (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 11:26 am

    That is corruption my friend. Many times I’ve heard policemen pressuring my colleagues to pay a ticket with cash on the spot. They write a small ticket, and off you go. When you tell them you want to pay at the station, they tell you it’s more expensive, when it really isn’t.

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