Flying Pigeon Caught Speeding By Traffic Camera

This is the flying pigeon that triggered a speed camera when it was snapped flying at 45 kph in a 30-kph zone and now cops have jokingly issued the bird with a fine.

The speedy bird was caught in Bocholt, a city in the Western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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According to the Bocholt city authorities, the pigeon was flying at a speed of 45 kph (28 mph) on a street where only 30 kph (18.6 mph) is allowed.

The bird was caught in February, but the picture has only been shared now by the city authorities after the German cops managed to evaluate the picture.

After taking 3 kph (1.9 mph) off from the tracked speed as a correction prescribed by German laws, the bird was still doing 12 kph (7.5 mph) too fast on the street, earning it a 25-EUR (21.5-GBP) fine.

The Bocholt city authorities however let the bird off the hook and will not chase it to collect the fine.

A city spokesman said: “Whether the speedy bird wants to pay the 25-EUR fine, and above all how, remains an open question.

“However, the city authorities do not want to launch a survey of possible witnesses.”

The Bocholt pigeon is not the first ever bird to be caught on a speed camera.

Last year, a speed camera in Koeniz, a town in the Swiss Canton of Bern, captured a duck flying 13 mph over the limit.

The duck was flying at 52 kph (32.3 mph) in a 30-kph (18.6-mph) zone, with the speed camera likely being triggered by the bird flapping its wings.

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A municipality spokesman joked: “It is unclear where the fine should be sent for flying too fast.”

It means the duck had a lucky escape as drivers speeding by 13 mph in Switzerland would not only receive a fine but also face a criminal charge.

A speed camera in Moers, a town in the Western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, somehow managed to capture a pooing dog on a lead instead of the speeding car behind it last year.

The speed camera was triggered by the car behind the dog which was driving at 42 kph (26 mph) in a 30-kph (18.6-mph) zone.

Instead of capturing the speeding vehicle, the camera pictured a person taking their dog for a walk.

The picture shows the dog on a lead while doing a number two on the pavement.

A police spokesman said: “Whether the heap was cleaned up is not known to us.”

The police did not report if they managed to get a clean snap of the car’s licence plate which is required for a speeding ticket.


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Story By: Koen BerghuisSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Central European News

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