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Federal Court overturns phone conviction

Politics // Nov. 13, 2015
Federal Court overturns phone conviction

Thousands of drivers in Switzerland who have been fined for using a phone at the wheel could get their convictions overturned following a case at the Federal Court.
The judges have overturned a conviction for a Zurich driver who was caught by the police using a smart phone. The judges ruled the police could not prove the driver was distracted.
The judges said it’s similar to holding an apple of a cigarette.
A defence lawyer, Jacques Roulet, says despite belief to the contrary – there is no specific law that bans the using of a phone while driving. He says there’s confusion as what could be considered a distraction? Looking at an address on a piece of paper or on a phone?
He says the law needs to be clearer.

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