2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
Coercion on the highway is considered a criminal offense. On the other hand, jostling is only considered criminal in certain situations, but it is an administrative offense in any case.
If motorists drive up close or obstruct others, then that can be a criminal offense - but it can also just be an administrative offense. The Hamburg magazine “Auto Bild” (issue 23/2009) draws attention to this difference, citing various court rulings.
Pushing for a short time
It is considered coercion and therefore a criminal offense if the man behind is forced to drive over a kilometer to 40 km / h on the motorway. Conversely, jostling is not to be assessed as criminal if the vehicle in front is driven up to five meters over a distance of 170 meters.
The courts have also not classified it as a criminal offense if the jostling only takes place for a short time of around twelve seconds. However, if a distance from the nudger is shortened to less than one meter, then this is considered a criminal because the person in front is intensely threatened, according to the magazine. (dpa / tmn)