Status: 26/09/2023, 21:32 p.m.
By: Tobias Becker
Speed cameras are often noticed when it is already too late. Nevertheless, many people reflexively step on the brakes. Does that still help to avoid a fine?
Anyone who has ever been flashed is probably familiar with it: The moment it flashes, many drivers hit the brakes again out of reflex. In a fraction of a second, those who previously drove too fast try to avoid a fine. But: Does that help at all or can you save yourself the abrupt braking of the speed camera, because it does not save the penalty?
Abrupt braking at the speed camera: No protection against fines
Let's get one thing out of the way: Abrupt braking because of a speed camera is dangerous for other road users! In principle, therefore, it is much safer if the speed is maintained. If, however, a speed camera is triggered, the reflex sets in and is braked, the question is whether it helps.
The answer is simple – and probably logical for most people: Of course, abrupt braking is no longer useful. The fine is almost certain with the triggering of the speed camera, the post from the office follows. In some cases, it is even too late when the speed camera is in sight, because the unpopular traffic watchdogs sometimes record violations well in advance.
Speed cameras often measure speed well in advance – abrupt braking does not help
According to "Autobild", there are speed camera models that measure the speed up to 1,000 meters in advance and then take the photo. "bussgeldrechner.org" also lists models that can measure speed from a distance of three meters to one kilometer. By the time the speed camera is triggered, it may already be far too late.
So if you want to avoid a fine, it's better to adjust the speed. But there are penalties not only for speeding the car, but also for some prohibited car stickers. And accidents are not always attributable to increased speed. Around 1,000 accidents per year are said to happen due to tire problems, and it is easy to check the right tire pressure.