A teenager in Germany’s joy at getting his driving license was short-lived, after it was suspended less than an hour after he received it because he was was caught going nearly twice the speed limit.
Traffic police stopped the 18-year-old traveling at 95 km/h (59 mph) in Iserlohn, near Dortmund—well over the speed limit of 50 km/h (31 mph).
He had been taking the car for a spin with his friends to celebrate getting his license after passing his test just 49 minutes before.
A German police officer on September 14, 2015 near Bad Reichenhall. A teenager in Germany lost his license after less than hour of getting it. Philipp Guelland/Getty Images
But it was easy come, easy go as his traffic infringement means he will banned from taking the wheel for at least a month and his probationary period has now been doubled from two to four years. He will also be fined 200 euros ($228) and forced to take additional driving lessons.
“Some things last forever, others not for an hour,” German police said in a statement, according to the BBC.
There is no speed limit on most German highways but there are tight speed restrictions in built-up areas, which are rigorously enforced. Motorists who flout the rules can face fines of up to 680 euros ($775) and driving bans of up to three months, Deutsche Welle reported.
This month, the mayor of a village in north-eastern Italy set up a traffic camera at a pedestrian crossing, and found that there were more than 58,000 speeding drivers in only two weeks.