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No charge over illegal radar device that was only used in Austria

A German man whose car was equipped with a radar detection device to warn him if there was a speed trap in the area has had a fine of 103 euros overturned after he told judges – "I only use it in Austria".

The man named only as Fritz G. for legal reasons works in Austria as a painter, he told the court in Munich.

He claimed that he knew the radar early warning device – a "Beltronics Vector 945" - was illegal in Germany and as he had a German car he make sure it was not switched on when he was in the country. He claimed he only plugged in in Austria where it is also illegal but not covered by the German courts jurisdiction.

Amazingly the court agreed and accepted the man's explanation – and cancelled the fine. He had been stopped in a roadside spot check by officers who spotted the 2000 Euro early warning device and confiscated it.

And even more surprisingly – the man is now pushing his luck by demanding that the police return the illegal device. The second application is still pending in the courts.

The 50-year-old man said that as the court and accepted he didn't use it in the country he was entitled to have it back – the police wanted to destroy it.

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