Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal had an article on speed traps and automated speed cameras in Europe that can result in tourists getting tickets or charges on their credit cards months after they return home. The article on reminded me of my experience getting stopped for speeding in East Germany in 1979. Obviously, the police in East Germany could stop anybody they wanted, but being German, they had to actually catch you speeding. Therefore, they had a speed limit sign, on a downhill, they could switch from 60 kph to 40 kph on an as-needed basis.
When I tried to apologize and say that I did not realize I was speeding, they thought I was denying it and wrote R-A-D-A-R on a piece of paper.
But the East German police were polite. When I said I did not have enough Ost Marks to pay the fine, they were happy to take my West German Deutsche Marks instead.