Cyclists face stiffer fines on German roads

New traffic laws and penalties took effect in Germany on February 1, and some of those changes affect cyclists, who now face higher fines if they violate traffic laws.

The main change concerns disobeying a red light. Cyclist who run a red will now face fines of 45 to 180 euro, instead of 25 to 100 euro previously. The biggest change concerns riding through a closed train crossing. Those violators will be fined 350 euro.(SW)

(Additional editorial assistance by Susan Westemeyer)

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