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Rude biker gave speed cameras the finger
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Rude biker gave speed cameras the finger

Published: 03 May 2012 18:00 GMT+02:00
Updated: 03 May 2012 18:00 GMT+02:00

Munich police have caught a biker who was caught 26 times by the same speed camera – and often photographed giving traffic cops the finger.

The 17-year-old habitually drove at more than 100 kph through the southern German city’s Richard Strauss Tunnel – often sticking his middle finger up towards the speed camera.

His speed was so excessive that each race through the tunnel would earn him a month’s ban from the road – if only the police could catch him.

But his souped-up bike had no number plate, leaving the police unable to trace him.

The cops finally snapped after the rude teenager was blitzed for the 26th time since mid-March.

So on Sunday they set up a trap at the end of tunnel, and the biker, identified as a student by Bild newspaper, raced straight into it.

The brazen biker confessed to his misdemeanours, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Wednesday, but that couldn’t save him from a hefty fine.

The teenager, who did not even have the right driving license for the bike, was hit with a fine of €160 euros, three penalty points and a month’s driving ban - for each of his 26 recorded offences.

The tuning work on his 125cc vehicle was also found to be illegal, so the bike was confiscated and sent for an expert technical assessment.

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20:07 May 3, 2012 by Englishted
Now who said the Germans have no sense of fun?

Shame the police and authorities don't.
23:06 May 3, 2012 by m0fugga
125cc? That's all?
03:43 May 4, 2012 by Illogicbuster
125cc? LOL! I was riding a 750cc race bike when I was 15. Police NEVER could catch me. They could only go ~220 kph.
06:19 May 4, 2012 by bhess
As long as he didn't hurt anyone and himself it's suitable punishment.

I have to say I always loved seeing the Polizei Porsche or in their green leathers on a BMW bike.
06:24 May 4, 2012 by Bigfoot76
As he is under the age of 18 he is legally limited in what types of motorcycles he can ride/drive.

With that said, I think there are probably more than just a few kids out there who have a "souped-up" bike.
06:47 May 4, 2012 by auslanderus
They had pictures of him 26x giving the finger, 17 years old, on an illegal bike and only get a €160 fine and 3 points off, now you know why kids do this sort of thing, theres no real punishment. He will be doing it again in no time till he kills himself or someone else.
07:42 May 4, 2012 by clawedjird
auslanderus-I think you misread the article. The teenager was hit with the penalty you list for each and every instance he was caught on camera-so, 26 times. That's a €4160 fine, 78 points off his license, and a ban from driving for over 2 years.
09:29 May 4, 2012 by the.local.reader
But a legal punishment should also follow, at least to the guardian, even if he had not hurt anyone. €4,160? Com'on.
15:08 May 4, 2012 by YellowChicken
This is news? This sounds like the police blotter in one of the small town papers back in the States.
13:35 May 7, 2012 by Minitaff
idiot!!!! for admitting it, how can they say it was him 26 times?....the rider was wearing a helmet!!...no registration plate photos....purely circumstantial...my words would have been...Prove it!!
02:42 May 9, 2012 by jeff10renatus
Traveling at those speeds, he easily could've killed someone. He should be banned from driving anything for a long time.
13:50 August 17, 2012 by dr13
Back in the 1980s a motorist was snapped by an autobahn speed camera wearing a Miss Piggy mask; he had obscured his(/her?) numberplates.
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