Crazy process in Thurgau
A walk in the forest costs seniors more than 1,000 francs
For more than 35 years, a retired doctor drives to the forest near Braunau TG to go for a walk. However, he overlooked a no-driving sign and was fined. The man didn’t like that. He went to court.
The doctor went for a walk in the forest, just as he had done 35 years before. (icon picture)
He just wanted to go for a walk in the woods like he’s been doing for 35 years. But for one of his excursions into nature, a retired doctor from Wil SG now had to go to court. Because: He had always parked his car in the middle of the Hartenau Forest near Braunau TG.
He shouldn’t have driven the car there at all. There is a driving ban – signaled by a sign. In May 2021 he received a fine of 100 francs for this. But the pensioner resisted and the case ended up before the district court of Münchwilen TG, as reported by the “St.Galler Tagblatt”.
During the trial, the man emphasized that it wasn’t about the money, but that he didn’t understand why he was suddenly being fined. After all, he has been driving his car there for 35 years. Customary law must apply, according to the doctor’s argument.
Court costs already amount to 800 francs
“There is no customary law in the road traffic law or in criminal law,” said the judge at the trial, as the “St.Galler Tagblatt” writes. Just because the doctor has gotten away with it so far does not mean, conversely, that she is okay and that an exception will be made for him.
However, the senior showed little understanding and still demanded an acquittal. Without success. He was sentenced. For people from eastern Switzerland, this means not only changing the route to their walking path, but ultimately having to pay more than the 100 francs at the beginning. The court costs alone amount to 800 francs.
In the end he has to pay almost 1500 francs. It is unclear whether the doctor will take action against the verdict. But it could be good. After the verdict, he declared that he “would win in federal court.” (lrc)