Twenty-three motorists have been fined 239 euros (£204) every for utilizing their telephones to movie the scene of an accident within the Netherlands.
Police noticed drivers utilizing their telephones on this approach on the A16 freeway.
The accident occurred at noon when a truck’s trailer was blown onto its aspect by excessive winds, blocking the street near the town of Breda.
The wonderful was based mostly on the penalty given to these utilizing their mobiles behind the wheel with out hands-free gear.
Cops took down the licence plate numbers of the drivers seen capturing footage of the accident.
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A police officer mentioned: “We solely began taking them down once we had completed dealing with the accident and we had our palms free.
“So I’m positive that there have been greater than the 23 drivers now we have now caught.”
Below Dutch guidelines, officers can solely take down a car’s licence plate once they have stopped the automobile and written a ticket. Nonetheless officers acquired permission from the general public prosecutor to take motion.
The transfer comes after police within the nation mentioned that folks filming incidents had been getting in the way in which of their work.
Final yr, police shared their shock at passersby filming officers attempting to resuscitate a person who had collapsed in a restaurant in The Hague.
Within the UK, being caught “rubbernecking” or filming the scene of an accident from a car can lead to prosecution and enormous fines, and in some circumstances a driver can have their cellphone seized.
In October 2018, a person was ordered to pay a £395 wonderful, £85 police prices and a £40 sufferer surcharge after he filmed the scene of an accident in Nottingham regardless of officers asking him to not.
He was additionally disqualified from driving for six months and had his cellphone seized.