German teenager loses driving licence after 49 minutes

A German police officer holds a portable laser speed trap to his eye in this 2016 file photo

An unlucky youngster managed to lose his driver’s licence just 49 minutes after getting it, German police said.

The 18-year-old was returning from his successful driving test when officers in the town of Hemer checked his car with a laser speed gun.

He was clocked travelling almost twice the speed limit – at 95km/h (60mph) in a 50km/h (30mph) zone.

“Some things last forever – others not for an hour,” German police wrote in their statement.

The young man had four friends in the car with him, regional police of Märkischer Kreis said – and speculated that perhaps he was trying to impress with his driving skills.

Instead, he now faces a hefty punishment.

He has been formally banned for four weeks, but police said he would only get his licence back after “expensive retraining”.

He is also facing a €200 fine, two points on his licence once it is restored, and his probationary period as a new driver has been lengthened from two years to four.

BBC

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What pleases her most from her head to her toes
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