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Police president banned from driving for speeding

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Prague, Oct 29 (CTK) – Czech Police President Tomas Tuhy must pay a fine of 10,000 crowns and he has been banned from driving for six months because he was caught speeding by the Ostrava police in July, daily Pravo writes on Saturday.

Tuhy told the paper that he drove more than 100 km/h in a place in which the speed was limited to 50 km/h.

The decision on the punishment had to be made by Tuhy’s superior, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec.

Based on the conclusion of ministerial clerks, Chovanec decided on the fine and driving ban last week. Tuhy received his decision on October 25, the paper writes.

Chovanec nevertheless said he considered the decision too strict.

Tuhy said he was driving from his home to Prague in his service car during a weekend. He was in a hurry because he was urgently called to the capital city in order to deal with the security situation resulting from an attempt at a coup and removal of President Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey.

In this situation, Tuhy had the right to use a flashing beacon, which would have authorised him to violate the speeding limit, but he did not use the privilege.

“I became a regular driver and so I bear the consequences and my full responsibility,” he said.

Ten years ago, journalists caught police president Vladislav Husak driving 190 km/h. In reaction, Husak deposited his driving licence at the Prague City authorities for three months and he gave 10,000 crowns to charity, Pravo writes.

($1=24.729 crowns)

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