• A German Teenager Lost His License in the Time it Takes to Watch One Episode of House of Cards

You probably shouldn’t be reckless with your driving when you just get your license

An 18-year-old German teenager found out first-hand that just because you get your driver’s license, it doesn’t mean you can lord over the open road with impunity. Less than an hour after receiving his license — 49 minutes, to be exact — the teenager was flagged by a laser speed gun while traveling at almost twice the speed limit. The teenager was caught in the town of Hemer driving at speeds of 60 mph. That doesn’t sound too fast, especially in a place like Germany, but unfortunately for the young colt, the speed limit on the road he was driving on was 30 mph.

A German Teenager Lost His License in the Time it Takes to Watch One Episode of House of Cards
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Let this be a lesson to all of you fresh drivers out there. When you get your driver’s license for the first time, it’s not the best idea to think that you can get behind the wheel of a car and plant your foot on the gas pedal while completely ignoring everything else. Do that, and you’re going to suffer the same fate as this 18-year-old German teenager.

According to the BBC, the teenager had four friends in the car with him when he decided to do his best Need for Speed impersonation. That’s led to speculation by the police that he was trying to impress his mates with his driving chops. As it turned out, it wasn’t the best decision for the young man.

It took 49 minutes for him to lose his license after getting flagged by a speed gun driving 60 mph in a 30-mph zone.

As expected, the teenager received a hefty punishment for his swashbuckling driving. Local police slapped a four-week ban on him driving anywhere. Worse, he’s also facing a €200 fine, which amounts to about $228 based on current exchange rates. If those aren’t enough, he also got docked two points on his license once he’s allowed to drive again and is on the hook for a lengthened probationary period that could last anywhere from two to four years.

Oh, he’ll only get his license after he undergoes “expensive restraining,” which sounds incredibly inconvenient, even by just writing it.

Hopefully, the young teen has learned his lesson. It’s never smart to think that you can get away with something like this, whether you’re a seasoned driver or, at least in this case, one who barely got his driver’s license warm inside his wallet. If this young man thinks that he can get away with it again, he only needs to go to the Internet to see how much coverage his first dalliance with the law got him. If that doesn’t work, maybe he can look at what the German police wrote in its statement of the incident.

“Some things last forever – others not for an hour.”

Source: BBC

Kirby Garlitos
Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read full bio
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