I realize I don't normally post an update on the weekend, but this morning I took L into Zurich and got my very 1st speeding ticket. Sort of. I haven't "received" the actual ticket yet, nor do I know how much said ticket will cost. Switzerland uses traffic cameras. Now I have to admit, they are in plain sight. Big ugly grey things. How you know you're getting a ticket? you get flashed and not in the man in a trench coat sort of way (thankfully). A flash of light fires they snap your picture and sooner or later a ticket comes in the mail.
The sad thing is, I saw the camera. I looked at my speedometer and thought 35kph, "ok I'm fine" then the flash of light. Damn it all. I had no idea I was in a 3kph zone. I should have known, I really should have, but I had just turned off a main road that was in the city and is 50kph and I didn't see any telltale signs (giant 30's painted in the road, they do that here... it's helpful) telling me that the speed limit changed. Now I know that I have seen general signs posted when you cross into Switerland that says 120 Highway, 50 outside the city, 30 inside the city so I don't really have an excuse and I should have realized that going a block off the main road running thru the city would equate to "in the city" but I didn't.
So now I get to wait for a ticket where the amount will be a surprise and I get to pray that the amount is not based on a % of annual income. I've been told they do that, but I think it's for speeding in school zones. Then again I obviously haven't a clue.
The silver lining: I didn't have the added stress of being pulled over by a Polezi. *sigh*
Does this count as an adventure?
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