Status: 30.09.2023, 15:00 p.m.
By: Sebastian Oppenheimer
An increased number of accident fatalities in Italy has resulted in a drastic increase in some fines: Especially for mobile phone offenders, it will probably be very expensive in the future.
Compared to many other EU countries, the penalties for traffic offenders in this country are still relatively moderate. In Denmark, for example, there is the so-called "insane driving" law, which allows vehicles to be quickly confiscated and even auctioned off in the event of extreme violations. The fines are also sometimes significantly higher than in Germany: In Italy, for example, the use of air conditioning when parking can be really expensive. But now the Italians are going one step further: the fines are to increase drastically.
Huge fine and driver's license withdrawal: Italy wants to take tough action against mobile phone offenders at the wheel
The planned tightening of penalties is primarily a reaction to an increased number of traffic fatalities, as merkur.de reports. Among other things, the fines for drivers who are caught chatting or talking on the phone with their smartphone are to be almost tripled. According to ADAC, between 165 euros and 660 euros were due so far – with the increase, mobile phone sinners will have to pay between 422 euros and just under 1,700 euros (1,697 euros) in the future. In addition, the driver's license can now be confiscated immediately: According to ORF.at, for a period of between 15 days and two months.
Anyone who calls or chats with a smartphone behind the wheel in Italy will face a fine of up to 1,697 euros in the future. (Symbolic image) © Daniel Scharinger/Imago
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Alcohol offenders are also likely to face even more trouble in Italy in the future: If you are caught with more than the permissible 0.5 per thousand, you may lose your driver's license for up to three years, as the ADAC reports. For repeat offenders, the alcohol limit then drops to 0.0 per thousand. In addition, according to the automobile club, an Alkolock system must then be installed in one's own vehicle, which only allows the engine to be started once one has proven one's sobriety.
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But that's not all: According to the penitent geldkatalog.org the fines for extreme speeding are also to be tripled in some cases. And unauthorized parking in a disabled parking space can also cost drivers in Italy really expensive: up to 990 euros in fines are possible for this offense.
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The planned changes still have to be approved by the Italian parliament – this is expected to happen by the end of the year.